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Kura Kaupapa Schools

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Whare Kura o Hoani Waititi, West Auckland. 


In 1993, I negotiated a contract with the Ministry of Education to have my Maori University students develop design proposals for New Zealand's first purpose-designed Whare Kura at Hoani Waititi Marae in West Auckland. The process was conducted according to kaupapa Maori principles and traditions (tikanga) and students (under guidance) took full responsibility for the development of the proposal. The Whare Kura was an addition to an existing campus containing a marae, a Kohanga Reo and a Kura Kaupapa Primary School.



The Whaihanga design group


koru   concept-diag2   combined-concepts

Initial Koru Theme           Concept Diagram               Emerging design

   kura-development  Site-layout   model-plan2 

Initial Design Plan                Site Layout                     Site Model

creekside-classrooms  creekside-library  library2

Creekside Classrooms       Creekside Library            Library Interior        

kura-NZIA    whanau-room  whare-tapere.2 

NZIA Article                    Whanau Room                    Whare Tapere


Whare Hui


With some modification, the Kura was built as designed, and embodied principles of Kaupapa Maori that were to become benchmarks in the Ministry of Education programmes of the future.


To downloadr a more detailed representation of the process and the Whare Kura, click here  


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