Our name, ‘Te Pae’ draws inspiration from several phrases in te reo Māori:
Te Pae Maunga – our mountain views.
The source of our origin and central to our land and people, mountains are a key element on the southern landscape, just as Te Pae is a central point within our city.
Te Pae Whenua – the vast plains we inhabit.
With our strong ties to mountains and the rivers and plains they create, it is only natural this influence can be found in the building’s design, where shapes and lines represent the contours of our Southern Alps and braided rivers of Canterbury.
Te Pae Tangata – a place to meet and converse.
To talk, to be hosted, to share, entertain and inform… for Christchurch, Te Pae Christchurch is a gathering place.
How to say ‘ Te Pae’
Te Reo Māori is the indigenous language of New Zealand and one of our three official languages.
Here’s a guide on how to pronounce Te Pae:
Te as in ‘ten’
Pae sounds like ‘eye’