Aaiotanga Community Space
Aaiotanga Community Space (ACS) is a work of of the Aaiotanga Peace Place Trust (APPT) and gift to the city centre neighbourhood from the Dominican Friars who own the property at 2F/22 Emily Place.
Formerly known (and still fondly referred to by many) as 'The Peace Place', the ACS has over a decade of history focused on peace building and social activism laid down by the Dominican Brothers of Aotearoa.
The current board and director of the APP Trust are seeking to provide a peaceful city sanctuary promoting creative community, healthy urban ecology, just-relationships and a welcoming neighbourhood where we can all connect and establish our belonging. Vertical apartment living is fun and vibrant but establishing bridges of community along high rise corridors, elevators and behind locked foyers is not always that easy. Thus the importance of community spaces like Aaiotanga.
Already the ACS is an increasingly valuable part of the social fabric of the city centre. Available for hire at very affordable rates, the ASC is a home to art classes, mindfulness courses, meditation, Mandarin classes, poetry evenings and a range of community meetings. Body Corporate AGMs and social events are also welcome.
If you would like to help support the work of ACS please contact
22 Emily Place - Aaiotanga Community Space is the ground level shop front window and entrance to the left of the main glass entryway to Emily Apartments.
The historic Emily Reserve across the road is graced by stunning pohutukawa formations. This site was once a formidable point jutting out into the Waitematā harbour at the same height as the courts and university that sit on the hill behind it.
Also known as Te Rerenga-ora-iti, this place was named by Ngāti Whātua upon their victory of territory at this exact point. That story is shared in the video clip below by Ngāti Whātua historian Ngarimu Blair. 2:42 m