Maungaturoto Wharf

ATS Timber worked in with our local Approved Reseller to be the key supplier of specialised H6 treated Weka SG8 timber for the new wharf in Maungaturoto, Northland. A range of mainly 50mm sizes of H6 was used in the construction and to help fund it the locals came up with an innovative idea where you sponsored a deck plank on the wharf.

As part of the rural communities 150th celebrations a project was initiated called ‘Beautify Maungaturoto. This involved a lot of projects and one of the key stones of this was the construction of a new wharf.

The first European settlers to Maungaturoto came from England, arriving in Auckland in 1863 and coming north via boat to Mangawhai, then via bullock cart to as far as Kaiwaka.

The construction of the wharf paved the way for a re-enactment of this historic landing as one of the main events in the sesquicentennial celebrations.

See video of this project http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EqvgpEbsCs 

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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

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