December 04, 2017
Maori and US marines share space in Ramaroa design
A new heritage centre has opened at the Mackays Crossing entrance to Queen Elizabeth Park celebrating the rich Maori, European and natural heritage of the southern part of the Kapiti coast.
Greater Wellington Council parks portfolio leader Prue Lamason says Ramaroa will bring stories of the people, places and history of the region to life.
Architect Ben Gilpin incorporated two separate gable buildings linked via a gullwing roof, tilted walls and large decks, referring both to traditional Maori wharenui and the tent structures from the United States Marine camp in the site during World War II.
The central posts supporting the gullwing roof will be adorned with carved Pou by local Iwi.
The angled screens resemble typical tent flies and the gullwing roof references the coastal environment in which the building will be set.
Ramaroa’s icon panels and kowhaiwhai were designed by artist Hermann Salzmann.
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