tepumanawasquare

Westgate’s new town square now has a name.

The centre of the new Westgate Town Centre development will be called Te Pumanawa Square, named by the Henderson-Massey Local Board.

The Maori name represents the heartbeat of activities, recognising the town square as a regular meeting place, somewhere to perform music and enjoy entertainment, or just to sit and rest.

The board carried out historical research of the area and consultation with Hetaraka Tobin, kaumatua and representative of Ngati Whatua o Kaipara, in order to come up with an appropriate name.

Henderson-Massey Local Board chairwoman Vanessa Neeson says the board was honoured to choose the significant name.

“The square will truly be at the heart of a development that is hugely significant for our area. It is exciting to see it take shape and grow on an almost daily basis.”

The square will be a shared space prioritising pedestrians over vehicles and will be fronted by restaurants and shops.

Plans indicate the road will connect the 26,000 square metre NorthWest Shopping Centre and retail space to a new library and community centre. Construction on the centre is expected to begin early 2016 and be completed in 2017.

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