Hihiaua Cultural Centre
Since its opening in June 2019, Stage 1 of The Hihiaua Cultural Centre has built a reputation as a world class centre of excellence to preserve, create, display & promote Māori arts and culture. It is realising the dream of those visionaries of the past.
This first stage saw the renovation of an existing boatshed into a high spec carving workshop with additional learning, meeting and exhibition spaces and a laboratory/studio. A new whare waka (waka shelter) with automated launching gantries, a covered walkway and viewing platform completes this $2m stage funded by the Whangārei District Council, Foundation North and the Provincial Growth Fund. Moller Architects expertly designed and project managed the build undertaken by Whangārei construction company Arco Ltd. In 2020 Hihiaua Cultural Centre was honored to win John Scott Award for Public Architecture granted by Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects.