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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.

Doubling as a community and information centre, the museum provides a place for events, meetings, or large-scale conferences, and for visitors to come for practical information about the island. Designed with visitors in mind, at the front entrance concrete seats face the building, and lockers are provided for storing dirty tramping boots. A welcoming reception and information desk with a small shop greets those who venture inside, often seeking refuge from inclement weather and finding a world class exhibition inside.

Rakiura is a community that hosts thousands of tourists throughout the year. The museum provides a stunning place for these guests, both international and domestic, to learn, explore and connect with the island’s rich and complex history.

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