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Project Summary

Client: Te Wharewaka O Poneke Trust

Project Type: Various

Project Timeframe: 2010-2011

Architects: Architecture +

Awards: Wellington Civic Trust Award, Property Council Merit Award, NZIA Award

Project Description

Named one of New Zealand’s 20 best new buildings in the 2012 Architecture Awards, the Wharewaka, or canoe house, symbolises the waka form. It restores a Maori presence to the Wellington waterfront that stretches back to the 1880s when Te Aro Pa, one of Wellington’s largest Maori communities, occupied the site at the edge of the harbour.

It is a purpose-built function centre with a café, work spaces and function rooms. Two ceremonial waka taua on permanent display on the lower ground floor can be launched directly into the harbour. The building also houses six-person waka ama or outrigger canoes.

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