Redevelopment at one of Christchurch’s largest open-air shopping complexes is now complete – and developers say all roads lead to Tower Junction in Addington.
Tower Junction owner and developer Ngāi Tahu Property is focused on “providing a shopping destination that can meet the needs of the whole whānau”, Ngāi Tahu Property Chief Executive, David Kennedy says.
“We see Tower Junction as a shopping option that ticks all the boxes – it has great parking, a range of shops that appeal to everyone and is handily located between Blenheim Road and Whiteleigh Ave on the west side of the city.”
Development on the 2,500m2 site has been underway for the past year and includes two new buildings, recently unveiled to accommodate new food, beverage and retail tenants. These include Look Sharp and a new concept store for Bed, Bath & Beyond. Further retailers including Tower Nails, Acquisitions, SuRa and others are open, or will be opening in the coming weeks.
Ngāi Tahu Property has worked closely with Matapopore, a charitable trust incepted after the quakes to ensure mana whenua values and the voice of Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu are included in the rebuild.
Kennedy says this relationship has resulted in markers of Ngāi Tahu culture being included in the development. The work of Fayne Robinson, a Ngāi Tahu master carver, and other Māori artists, have been incorporated on site.
“These examples of Toi Māori (Māori art) reflect the stories of mana whenua from this area of Canterbury and acknowledge its Māori history. As a tribally-owned business, it’s important for us to