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/