CPIT Te Puna Wanaka - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama taken outside CPIT Te Puna Wanaka in Christchurch. Several elements of this modern building symbolize aspects of traditional Maori culture. The panorama was taken from the lawn area in front of the building.
CPIT Te Puna Wanaka - FURTHER INFORMATION
CPIT Te Puna Wanaka - Christchurch visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'CPIT Te Puna Wanaka' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Canterbury.
CPIT Te Puna Wanaka is the centre for Māori Studies facility in Christchurch. The building is close to Christchurch Basilica. Opened in 1995 after extensive consultation, Te Puna Wānaka contains elements that symbolize aspects of traditional wharenui Te Mātauranga Māori, fusing Māori cosmology with modern architectural form.
- Ka Awatea - radiant first light - represented by the glass roof over the main hall, allowing natural light into the building.
- Wero - the challenge - the excitement of anticipation, discovery and learning - represented by tall columns in front of the building.
- Papatuanuku and Ranginui - The mother earth represented in the natural materials used in the facade of the curved hall, beneath Ranginui, the sky father depicted by the roof structure.
Since it opened the whare, has been used extensively by the local Māori community and whānau who have held their hui and wānanga here.
Te Puna Wānaka
Faculty of Māori Studies
PO Box 540
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Te Puna Wānaka is on the corner of Williams Street and Coventry Street, which link to Ferry Street and Barbadoes Streets respectively.