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Aotea Square is an open public outdoor space in Auckland Downtown, where most of Auckland’s public gatherings occur. It is an area of 4,500 square meters located on Queen Street and is used for various occasions like music festivals, rock concerts, art shows, parades, political rallies, protests etc. The public space is vibrant with art installations and Aucklanders whiling away during the day on open furniture or under the shade of a tree. It is often referred to as the heart of Auckland city as it is where Aucklanders gather to voice their concerns, express and appreciate art, or celebrate joyous occasions as civilians.
Aotea Square has been equipped with more greenery and critical civic facilities such as the Town Hall and the Aotea Centre. It is a public space and is open all day all year long. The name ‘Aotea’ is inspired by the Maori name of the Great Barrier Island, also named Aotea. The public square is instilled with a sense of the indigenous Maori culture through many artistic installations. The Aotea square carries a blend of vibes between modern-day Auckland and the indigenous Maori. The square is usually in its most vibrant form during the summer and winter. Most of the many fun-filled festivals, gatherings, markets, etc., are organised these months.
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