TOA Architects

Waka Maori

Waka Maori

Located at the Te Wero Island on Auckland’s waterfront, the Waka Maori became an icon of national pride during the Rugby World Cup 2011 and reminded New Zealand of our unique Maori heritage.

The Waka Maori had over 300,000 manuhiri (visitors) during its stay at the Rugby World Cup 2011 finals and acted as a viewing gallery and performance space as well as housing the Rau Tau exhibition – 100 Years of Maori Rugby. The Artisan Village also showcased Maori creative talents in raranga (weaving), whakairo (carving), moko (tattooing) and contemporary arts and crafts in a way that allowed the audience to engage with the culture.

Photography: Jonny Davis


  • Client: Te Puni Kokiri Ministry of Maori Development
  • Location: Te Wero Island, Auckland Waterfront
  • Floor Area: 501 sq.m
  • Programme: Civic
  • Consultants: Renata Blair and Ngarimu Blair, Evitan Events, Structureflex, Compusoft Engineers, Wallace Project Management, Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Ngati Whatua o Orakei, and Admark Graphics.
  • Collaborators: Opus Architecture
  • Contractor: Longveld Engineering
  • Status: Completed October 2011