Te Puka O Te Waka / Rakiura Museum

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Born out of necessity to provide a new purpose built facility to re-house the islands’ museum exhibition, the project began its incubation almost 10 years ago. As the first piece of civic infrastructure constructed on the Island in over 25 years, the project developed a rich narrative supported by its strong connection with the ocean, maritime history, local iwi, community and environment.  The distinctive form of the Museum is directly derived from the triangular site where every available metre of land has been utilised for the 530 m² building. The museum doubles as a community and information centre, providing a place for events, meetings, or large-scale conferences, and to come to for practical information about the island. 

Te Puka O Te Waka speaks of the anchor of the waka, the vessel that holds within, the taonga of Rakiura. The striking form represents the prow of the vessel which floats above the ground paying homage to the maritime reference. Two physical anchors representing the Māori and European history of Rakiura Stewart Island proudly anchor the building to the site.

Rakiura is a community that hosts thousands of tourists throughout the year. Te Puka OTe Waka provides a stunning place for visitors, both international and domestic, to learn, explore and connect with the island’s rich and complex history.

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Te Puka O Te Waka / Rakiura Museum

Born out of necessity to provide a new purpose built facility to re-house the islands’ museum exhibition, the project began its incubation almost 10 years ago. As the first piece of civic infrastructure constructed on the Island in over 25 years, the project developed a rich narrative supported by its strong connection with the ocean, maritime history, local iwi, community and environment.  The distinctive form of the Museum is directly derived from the triangular site where every available metre of land has been utilised for the 530 m² building. The museum doubles as a community and information centre, providing a place for events, meetings, or large-scale conferences, and to come to for practical information about the island. 

Te Puka O Te Waka speaks of the anchor of the waka, the vessel that holds within, the taonga of Rakiura. The striking form represents the prow of the vessel which floats above the ground paying homage to the maritime reference. Two physical anchors representing the Māori and European history of Rakiura Stewart Island proudly anchor the building to the site.

Rakiura is a community that hosts thousands of tourists throughout the year. Te Puka OTe Waka provides a stunning place for visitors, both international and domestic, to learn, explore and connect with the island’s rich and complex history.

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Te Puka O Te Waka / Rakiura Museum

Born out of necessity to provide a new purpose built facility to re-house the islands’ museum exhibition, the project began its incubation almost 10 years ago. As the first piece of civic infrastructure constructed on the Island in over 25 years, the project developed a rich narrative supported by its strong connection with the ocean, maritime history, local iwi, community and environment.  The distinctive form of the Museum is directly derived from the triangular site where every available metre of land has been utilised for the 530 m² building. The museum doubles as a community and information centre, providing a place for events, meetings, or large-scale conferences, and to come to for practical information about the island. 

Te Puka O Te Waka speaks of the anchor of the waka, the vessel that holds within, the taonga of Rakiura. The striking form represents the prow of the vessel which floats above the ground paying homage to the maritime reference. Two physical anchors representing the Māori and European history of Rakiura Stewart Island proudly anchor the building to the site.

Rakiura is a community that hosts thousands of tourists throughout the year. Te Puka OTe Waka provides a stunning place for visitors, both international and domestic, to learn, explore and connect with the island’s rich and complex history.

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