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. [Read more…]