Te Wharewaka o Poneke, Wellington Waterfront

Wharewaka is the signature building for Wellington’s waterfront. It contains a gallary/exhibition space, cafe and function centre and storage for ceremonial waka.

The award-winning Wharewaka restores a Maori presence to the Wellington waterfront that has been missing since the 1880s when the site was the harbour edge of Te Aro Pa, one of Wellington’s largest Maori communities.

The Wharewaka, or canoe house, symbolises the waka form. It is a purpose-built function centre with a café, work spaces and function rooms. A distinctive aspect is the korowai or cloak, an outer layer that covers the body of the building and drapes down its sides.

Two ceremonial waka taua, which will be on permanent display on the lower ground floor, can be launched directly into the harbour. The building also house’s six-person waka ama or outrigger canoes.

The Wharewaka was given the name ‘Te Raukura’ when it opened on Waitangi Day 2011. It is a striking addition to a popular waterfront precinct.

Built by local construction firm LT McGuiness the $12.5m building has won mulitple awards including the Wellington Civic Trust Award, Property Council Merit Award and a NZIA award.

Our Timber Consultants worked in closely with one of our local Approved Resellers at the start of this project to supply custom manufactured H6 timber for the repair work needed for the wharf below this architectural masterpiece. A hidden but very important part of the project.

Learn more http://www.wharewakaoponeke.co.nz/

http://www.architectureplus.co.nz/public/wharewaka/

http://architecturenow.co.nz/articles/te-raukura-te-wharewaka-o-poneke/

http://e3bw.co.nz/projects/wharewaka

Franz Joseph Glacier Viewing Platform

ATS Timber worked in conjunction with the structural engineer, DOC and our local Approved Reseller to come up with a solution for this stunning viewing platform over looking the Franz Joseph Glacier in Westcoast, New Zealand. Trusted Weka SG8 Wet H5 RS and PG products were selected for this application.

The Franz Josef Glacier (Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere) offers visitors a rare opportunity to experience a dynamic glacier, in a temperate environment, within easy driving and walking distance from the main highway.

In the last ice age the glacier extended in a huge ice- sheet to beyond the present coastline. Today echoes of its frozen past are still apparent in the landscape. The terminal face of the glacier is less than 300 metres above sea level.

Today this glacial fed river has aggregated as bulldozed debris from the glacier have been washed downstream by rainfall (6 metres a year!) As you drive along the West Coast Road you will see rivers smokey blue water. This glacial silt is evidence of a glacier high in the hills.

Today Franz Josef Glacier Village’s natural credentials are impeccable and today there is a huge variety of natural attractions just a short distance from the Franz Josef Glacier Village. Lakes, rainforests, surging waterfalls and the glacial rivers of ice mean that the area is an adventure and leisure destination that is ready to be explored.