The Whenua Rangatira Maintenance Depot
Sector: Local Government
Client: Auckland Council
Dates: July 2013 – January 2014
Project Location: Auckland
Frequency Role: Project Manager & Engineer to the Contract
The Whenua Rangatira is a site of great cultural and spiritual significance to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, as a tūrangawaewae, a site of protest and a site of restored kaitiakitanga relationships.
The land at Whenua Rangatira was returned to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei in 1991 and is managed under a co-governance agreement between Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Auckland Council.
Whenua Rangatira Maintenance Depot was built for Okahu Rakau and the local Ngāti Whātua, funded by Auckland Council. Okahu Rakau maintains Ngāti Whātua land throughout Auckland and this maintenance depot provides for their machinery and equipment. The building integrates sustainability features and Māori design principles throughout.
Frequency were project managers and acted as Engineer to the Contract. The project was delivered using a traditional delivery model and incorporates many sustainable construction features including: rainwater harvesting, stormwater gardens and composting toilets (net zero water), and solar power.
Key challenges to the project included:
- Stakeholder management and communications.
- Acknowledging cultural sensitivities.
- Working in a busy public recreational area.
- Multiple stakeholder liaison.