Presenting our first ever ARCO work to firstly the trustee's of Miria Marae, then in the afternoon to the kuia & kaumatua. I have to admit, I was pretty stoked to get a warm "ka pai" after my mihimihi, we were off to a good start! The site boasts a beautiful wharenui, Te Rapunga, that we have proposed to move to higher ground. We also presented schematic designs for the much needed rebuild of the wharekai [dining hall] and wharepaku [ablutions]. Harnessing inspiration from the local environment, the caves & the swirling waters of Waiomio
It was a real honor to present our ideas for the regeneration of Miria Marae to the whanau and to have an open discussion regarding the potential of the project. Made to feel at home with some great kai after our hui, and some interesting korero with the whanau. We are looking forward to hearing if we get engaged as the designers for this project - will keep you posted!