Hihiaua Cultural Centre

Project Description
The Hihiaua Cultural Centre is a multi-phase development proposed for the location in Hihiaua Park by the Hihiaua Cultural Trust. The aims and objectives for the trust and therefore the brief of the building is to raise awareness through education and exhibition of the arts and crafts of the local iwi of Whangarei and Northland. It aims to educate young Maori through the traditional crafts of craving weaving and display and exhibit the artefacts both produced and acquired. The project is a collection of buildings design to be used for Powhiri and welcome onto the site, provide a range of exhibition spaces including a full size whale skeleton and treasured artefacts as well as a conference space suitable for gatherings and performance.

Moller Architects worked closely with Boffa Miskell Landscape Architects to design and provide an integrated facility to develop and enhance the park like surrounds. Part of the existing landscape will be bermed to create natural outdoor seating for when the performance space is used as a stage and embraces the outdoors. It is envisaged the carving workshop will produce carved pou to be placed in the surrounding landscape. The first phase utilises the existing boatshed on the site with additions and alterations to facilitate carving with an addition of a new Waka Store adjacent to the shed. Rather than demolish and rebuild the project uses what is existing to minimise budget expenditure and increase the sustained use of an existing resource.


New Meeting & Performance Space & Carving Workshops

Time of Project         
Start 2009 - under development

Hihiaua Cultural Centre Trust

Value of Project         

Project Team        
Alisha Patel, Craig Moller, Gordon Moller Jake Tindall, Terry St George