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New Administration Building – the New Face of the School

Exciting News …..

A new Administration Building is proposed, at the main entrance of the school on the empty grass area in front of the existing Administration & Hall building. This presents us, as a community, with a unique opportunity to change the face of the school.

It is important that this building embodies the Past, Present & Future of Rutherford College.

How can you contribute?

As part of the Rutherford community, we would love to hear what the school means to you and any design ideas that could reflect the Past, Present & Future of Rutherford College.

We will be having a Consultation Night on Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 6pm in the Staffroom, Finger food will be provided.

You can also download the the feedback form and return your ideas to the feedback box in reception or mail to PO Box 45-327, Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland 0651 or you can email admin@johnstondesign.co.nz

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Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Treaty of Waitangi

How- could Rutherford College new Administration building design reflect the Te Aranga Maori Design Principles

Mana – rangatiratanga (authority) ensures that iwi and hapu are recognised and respected during the design process, which enables quality Treaty based relationships to evolve between key project stakeholders and mana whenua. This is fundamental to the successful implementation of the following Te Aranga principles.

Whakapapa – Names and Naming adds a further layer of meaning to our landscape and celebrates the significance of mana whenua ancestral names. Providing opportunities for both designers and mana whenua to appropriately honour and explore the richness of historical narratives and customary practices associated to specific sites within the built environment.

Taiao – The Natural Environment seeks to protect, restore, sustain and enhance Papatuanuku. With designers promoting local flora and fauna that are familiar and significant to iwi and hapu being incorporated into the key landscape elements of the built environment, providing mana whenua the ability to sustainably harvest within urban or modified landscapes.

Mauri Tu – Environmental Health recognises mauri and all elements within the specific and wider development are considered in the context of protecting, maintaining and enhancing mauri and contributing to the overall wellbeing of our communities. With the quality of wai, whenua, ngahere and air being actively monitored. As well as water, energy and material resources is conserved.

Mahi toi – Creative Expression including landscape, architecture, urban design, interior design and public art has a powerful place within the built environment. It bridges between and connects multiple elements of significance to Maori communities (whanau, hapu, iwi). Embedding and displaying identity and values specific to place, space and concepts of cosmology, tradition, future aspirations, language and so on.

Tohu – The Wider Cultural Landscape acknowledges significant mana whenua sites and cultural landscapes such as maunga, awa, and wahi tapu which recognises the importance of these tohu to iwi and hapu. This gives designers the opportunity to celebrate local and wider unique cultural heritage that reinforces sense of place and identity.

Ahi Ka – The Living Presence is the ultimate reflection of the successful implementation of the Te Aranga principles whereby mana whenua are able to have a living and enduring presence within their rohe – tribal area. In the context of post Treaty of Waitangi Settlement this includes customary, cultural and commercial dimensions which contributes to the reestablishment of kaitiaki roles for iwi and hapu within urban areas.

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