TOA Architects



Winner of the NZIA Architecture Awards (Western Bay of Plenty) for Residential - Housing, 2020

E papaki tū ana ngā tai ki Mauāo
I whakanukunukuhia, I whakanekenekehia

The waves crash against the shores of Mauāo
The tide ebbs and flows

Traditional Maori buildings are repositories of whakapapa (genealogy), knowledge and histories. Every element of a tupuna whare tells a story, from the pou whakairo (carved figures on the walls), to the tukutuku (decorative lattice panels), and kōwhaiwhai (painted rafters). They are places that speak of relationships that connect people to people, and people to place. The design of this whare is in keeping with this custom, as it depicts a traditional whare Maori in a contemporary way. This whare is an extension of whakapapa and its ancient relationship with the natural environment, as it seeks to reclaim and repossess traditional land and space.




  • Client: Shad & Leanne Rolleston
  • Location: 63 Kulim Ave, Otūmoetai, Tauranga
  • Programme: Residential
  • Consultants: DHC Consulting Ltd, Coffey Services (NZ) Ltd
  • Collaborators: Grace Saathof Interiors
  • Contractor: Totara Construction Ltd. Matt Saathof
  • Status: Completed 2019