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Te Punga Waka a Tama- Rereti
The Anchor Stone of Tama Rereti - The Southern Cross
Ōkahu Bay is a significant feature of the land and water-scapes of Tamaki-Makaurau / Auckland. It is renowned as the landing site for six of the seven Māori migration waka and is the ancestral heart of Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrakei iwi who have maintained an ongoing relationship with this place since the 1700s. ‘Te Punga Waka’ acknowledges the status that Ngāti Whātua have in maintaining mana whenua in Ōrakei and their relationship with the wider landscape of the Waitematā Harbour, the Hauraki Gulf and Moana-nui-a Kiwa (Pacific Ocean). The design proposes Ōkahu Bay as The Waka HQ for Aotearoa and the primary point of interaction with waka culture of the wider Pacific. At its core, this development has a restorative purpose by seeking to uphold Ngāti Whātua values and to restore the mauri (life essence) of the bay.
KEY DESIGN INTERVENTIONS
The focus on the water of Ōkahu Bay as public space, a place of cultural and social interaction, a place to celebrate waka culture and its contemporary renaissance within the takiwā (area of influence) of Ngāti Whātua.
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Board walk along existing breakwater to viewing platform. Propose that the breakwater be unplugged to allow tidal flushing of the bay.
Replenished beach and extended grass embankment. This allows for waka ama launching and landing during larger regatta.
Ferg’s Kayak new building footprint with attached storage for Waterwise. The communal concrete square has been rationalised to accommodate all slipway users.
Daylighted stream with riparian wetland. This is the final step in a larger proposed stormwater treatment catchment. This flushes to the eastern end of the bay through a widened estuarine channel replacing the former stormwater outlet.
The main building incorporates Club operations, waka-based educational opportunities eg. traditional waka navigational methods, tikanga etc. The permanent waka taua haul-out, storage and display for ‘Mahuru-ki-te-Rangi’ under the ‘wing’ of the Waka-ama club building roof. Alignment with the tekoteko of the whare tīpuna on Takaparawhau, and strong visual presence from Tāmaki Drive.
Informal storage of waka ama on rationalised hardstand area.
Board walk links ramp down to beach this is an accessible route.
Karaka grove edge of new road diversion. This links to existing karaka grove at the urupa and marae.
Formal powhiri space.
Proposed carpark and the shared space along Tamaki Drive route. This shared space still allows for two way cycle routes, footpath and proposed light rail.
Overall, this proposal acts to highlight the Ngāti Whātua presence, not only within Ōkahu Bay and Tamaki-Makarau, but also within the wider Pacific by establishing it as a pivotal centre of waka culture. The proposed design interventions reinforce this aspiration while maintaining Ngāti Whātua values and practices throughout.
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Graded bank along pohutukawa grove increasing flow and accessibility between beach and open space. Proposed replenishment of beach.
‘Te Punga Waka’ incorporates: o Everyday waka-ama activities with the redevelopment built space of the Ōkahu Bay Waka-ama Club at the south-east end of The Landing with waka-ama storage facilities stretching to the north-west towards the adjacent Ferg’s Kayaks / Waterwise building). The main building incorporates Club operations, waka-based educational opportunities eg. traditional waka navigational methods, tikanga etc. o Permanent waka taua haul-out, storage and display for ‘Mahuru-ki-te-Rangi’ under the ‘wing’ of the Waka-ama club building roof. Alignment with the tekoteko of the whare tīpuna on Takaparawhau, and strong visual presence from Tāmaki Drive o Temporary mooring area for waka hourua in the bay with strong visual connection to the Waka-ama Club and the Bay entrance at the breakwater o Maintain and restore the existing breakwater as an important pacifying element in the Bay, additional sculptural elements, breakwater posts as ‘pou’ o Reinstate and enhance tidal portals to the marina breakwater to encourage tidal flushing within the Bay and regeneration of seagrass and dependant sea life o New boardwalk connection from proposed viewing platform at the Marina, past deep water jetty, through The Waka Landing to the multi- purpose waka-ama green space on beach front o Extension of the green space connection to the beach front by diversion of the Tamaki Drive at the south-west end of the Bay. This provides an area for larger waka events (waka-ama regattas; formal waka taua and waka hourua arrivals). A widened road crossing prioritises pedestrians and links across to the park on the other side, the site of the original kainga (village), urupā and existing playground. o Reconfiguration, resurfacing of Tāmaki Drive to the outer extents of Bay. Texture changes to encourage slow zones. Provision of multi-modal transport as per the Auckland Plan. o Reinstate and develop an estuarine environment to the east corner as a transitional zone to encourage seagrass reestablishment and shellfish health. o Extensive new tidal platforms along the eastern side of the Bay. These are multipurpose and used for walking, sitting, relaxing, tying up / hauling-out of small water craft etc. These also provide substantial viewing platforms for larger waka-ama events based within the Bay. o Regeneration of indigenous flora and fauna with the daylighting of piped stream (east side of valley). o development of estuarine area to the northeast end of the beach-bay-valley as a transitional salt-freshwater zone and wetland development for flood plain mitigation, specifically around the urupā. o Provision for stormwater catchment within the larger basin with wetland establishment. o Formal ceremonial ātea / pōwhiri space flanked by the urupā (tangata whenua) and playground (manuhiri). Provides for an area of welcome for larger events. o Poutama community facility sits at the head of the ātea within the regenerating bush, above the daylighted stream and wetland planting and is directly adjacent to the current pedestrian stairs. This building marks the transition to the Ngāti Whātua-centric space, pedestrian linkage to the marae and papakainga area on Takaparawhau. It provides an external stage for cultural performance, internally for community based activities and would be available for income generating events
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Tidal steps and platforms allowing informal haulout of small paddle craft and viewing of waka ama events.
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PLAN 1:750 @A1
SECTION A2 1:200 @A1