Plans to revamp the ageing marae buildings have reached a tendering stage.

Rushton Architects have requested registrations of interest in the project. The project which includes demolition of the wharekai and kitchen is still in its early stages.

The redesign will also provide a new ablutions block and the relocation of the cook house. The designs also include a new kaumātua lounge, an outside kitchen, landscaping work and storage space. A refurbished version of the marae meeting house, Te Hapa o Niu Tireni, is at the centre of the redesign plans, which would create an east and west wing running off the whare.

Following a consultation period, the design has received the go-ahead and work will begin in 2016. It’s envisaged that the work will start at the end of January, at this stage dates have not been confirmed but we will keep you all updated.

Marae development meetings are held every Wednesday at 1pm in the marae office. Minutes of the meetings can be requested at the office.

Te Hapa o Niu Tireni.

Te Hapa o Niu Tireni.