20110518_WN_S1015650_0001.jpg: Opening of Pipitea House on Pipitea by GCSB Director, LTGEN Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister John Key
20 May 2011
Much of New Zealand intelligence community is now housed under one roof following the official opening of Pipitea House in Wellington by the Prime Minister, The Rt Hon John Key.
The nine floors are home to the Government Communications Security Bureau, The Combined Threat Assessments Group and elements of the New Zealand Defence Force as well as the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Director of the GCSB, Jerry Mateparae, told the hundred invited guests that;
“The building provides an important resource for the intelligence community because it will allow greater cross agency coordination. The building truly is an expression of “One community, many agencies.”
The building is designed by Athfield architects and meets the most stringent credentials to qualify for a 5 Star Green rating. Low energy lighting and air conditioning has been installed and sensors detect interior light levels so that lights are turned down when natural light levels become brighter.
Rainwater is collected in three roof gardens and recycled for flushing toilets in the building.
Being the home of much of the intelligence community the building’s physical security is very important. Biometric fingerprint scanners are in use and security blinds remain lowered all the time.
At the entrance of the building is a magnificent Kohatu or guard stone.
Pipitea House on Pipitea is an example of the value of Public-Private Partnerships. It was built as a joint venture between the Wellington Tenths Trust (who own the land) and Redwood Group at a cost of approximately $90 million; the tenants’ fit out and security was funded by the Government and cost just under $35 million.