What if Whakatū Nelson…?

From: 13/11/2023 - 16/12/2023

Installation Type: passive

263 Hardy Street

Street Address

263 Hardy Street

UPDATE: We have now closed the What if Whakatū Nelson…? space and are working on what might happen next…

What if…began with a the question: What if Whakatū Nelson…?

What if Whakatū Nelson had a youth hub in the CBD? 
– What if we had a campaign to spring-cleaning the city and we all participated? 
– What if we had a Margaret Mahy style playground?
– What if we told more stories from the eight iwi to Te Tauihu/Top of the South?

What if we had a café that was open after 3pm?

Make/Shift Spaces created an Ideas Hub in central Nelson (263 Hardy Street) to collect ideas, start conversations and motivate positive change on how to help make Nelson a vibrant and liveable city for everyone.

There was a series of free lunchtime talks, panel discussions and workshops, to help spark ideas, debates and discussions, and maybe some positive action. 

Speakers were drawn from across the community including architects, artists, arts festivals and events, the business sector, retailers, developers, migrant communities, and iwi organisations, with opportunities for others to get involved.

The Ideas Hub was open 12noon to 2pm Monday to Friday, as well as some Saturdays.
Check out the website for updates www.whatifnelson.co.nz and join our FB group.

PLUS, we want to hear your own “What ifs…” – you can contribute by writing your “What if…” directly onto the website. Tell us your vision for Whakatū Nelson. What would you like to see the city look, feel or sound like in 10 or 20 years? Keep it short and snappy!

Huge thanks to our supporters:
Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, The NZ Institute of Architects Te Kāhui Whaihanga Nelson & Marlborough, Speedy Signs Nelson, NBS, FujiFilm

263 Hardy Street