Aspiring Tūhoe Architect visits Jasmax Studio

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Amanda Kissling

This week Jasmax had a very special group of visitors in the Auckland Studio! After visiting Te Kura Whare building in Taneatua, 13 year old Haeora Boynton-Rata was inspired to become an architect. His mother, Toni emailed Jasmax telling us about his experience and the family were invited to spend time at the studio.

“It is my dream to design and build a home for my family that is affordable, healthy and warm,” Haeora said. “That’s why I want to be an architect. I also want to help other whanau so they will have homes.”

Te Kura Whare building was designed with Tūhoe by the late Jasmax Principal, Ivan Mercep. Construction was completed in early 2014; just a month after the 84 year old lead architect passed away.

Haeora and his family met with Waka Maia team members; Brendan Himona, Elisapeta Heta and Rameka Alexander-Tu’inukuafe. Brendan worked with Ivan on the design of Te Kura Whare building.

Waka Maia introduced Haeora, his brother Matiu and mum Toni to some of Jasmax’s projects such as the Ōtāhuhu Bus Exchange, the Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu exhibition at Auckland Museum, as well as the finer points of the Te Wharehou o Tūhoe building design, showing him what an architect does.

Rameka Alexander-Tu’inukuafe said: “It brought back memories of our time at school; both Brendan and I enjoyed drawing and saw it as an opportunity to choose a career where we could do something that we enjoyed while also giving back to our Maori communities – it is fantastic to hear that the Te Wharehou o Tūhoe building has inspired these tamariki to become future Tūhoe architects”.

Māori Television came along to capture some of the visit - see the full story here!

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