Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Ngati Kahungunu O Te Wairoa
Wairoa, East Coast, New Zealand
2015 World Architecture Festival Finalist: Schools - Completed Buildings Category
2016 NZIA Gisborne Hawkes Bay Architecture Award - Education Category
2016 NZIA Resene Colour Award
2016 Resene Total Colour Awards Colour Maestro - Education
This vibrant Kura creates a fresh new centre of modern learning that looks to the future, while maintaining strong links with the past, and reflects Wairoa’s unique culture, history and landscape. The new building provides advanced ‘modern learning environments’ (50-60 pupils per classroom in open-plan learning spaces) with a variety of well-connected learning spaces through the use of new building materials and technologies. It provides flexible teaching spaces to allow for a variety of pedagogical practice, and specialist teaching spaces with technology and equipment suitable for a multitude of subjects.
A Kura Kaupapa is a primary school operating under Maori custom and using Maori as the medium of instruction. This school has been designed to enhance this process and the outcomes for tamariki (children).