FIND THESE STEPS – On the upper level, at the far end of Tanera Crescent, at number 18, and from the lower level across from 19 Tanera Crescent.
Ms Irvine-Smith has this to say about the area, known generally as Brooklyn:
‘The South-West suburbs, the hilliest of the hill suburbs, which is saying a good deal…’
With that in mind, there are many hills but actually few steps.
Tanera Crescent steps are short, but they give you one of the best views possible, and nearby you can find Tanera Park, with a sports field and community garden, and Tanera Gully Restoration Project, undertaken by Predator Free Wellington and Forest & Bird to restore a lively habitat for bushes and creatures, as it was before European settlement in 1840, between Epuni Street and Tanera Park.
Again, Ms Irvine-Smith gives a bit of information on the name. Apparently it is the name of a Maori who lived in this area, and was employed by John Fitchett, who arrived in Wellington from England in 1842 and his business partner, R B O Todman, who had inherited property from his uncle and who had died before moving to New Zealand. There appears to be no recorded information about Tanera – whether man or woman, where from, or where resided.