Location and Culture
Wellington is the capital city and third most populous urban area of New Zealand, with a metropolitan population of approximately 390,000. The city houses Parliament, head offices of all government ministries and departments, and most foreign diplomatic missions. It’s also a cultural center with many museums, a vibrant film and theatre industry, symphony and ballet companies, and the biennial New Zealand International Arts Festival, all of which helped it earn the title of “coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet. Wellington has a temperature marine climate with moderate weather year-round. Average temperatures in February (New Zealand’s summertime), range from 56°F to 69°F.
Past students at the Wellington project center have:
- Evaluated public perception of sea lions and made recommendations to promote education about this “nationally critical” species
- Made recommendations on how to balance preservation and safety for historical buildings in earthquake-prone areas
- Conducted a feasibility analysis for a hydroponic greenhouse in a Maori community