Launch of Kake Tonu Way

The walkway between Victoria University of Wellington’s Boyd-Wilson Field and The Terrace has been officially renamed and launched as Kake Tonu Way.

The launch of Kake Tonu Way

A collaborative project between Victoria University, Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association (VUWSA), Wellington City Council, Te Aro School, neighbours and the Police aimed to enhance the safety of the walkway and create a positive identity and connection to the space.

Kake tonu—a name suggested by Te Aro School students—means ‘ever upwards’ in te reo Māori.

As part of the launch, local artist Joe McMenamin​ painted a mural at the site. The design was also inspired by student ideas.

The mural features New Zealand native birds, the tui and pīwakawaka, on each side of the walkway and birdsong patterns going up the steps.

Other components of the project include earthworks to increase visibility, increased maintenance of the walkway and foliage and regular foot patrols. An additional CCTV camera has been installed to complement the existing University camera coverage.

“The safety of students and staff is of paramount importance to the University,” says Rainsforth Dix, Director of Student and Campus Living. “We support any initiative to make the journey to and from campus safer.”

Kake Tonu Way was launched by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester. The launch event also included a basketball competition between the Police and students.