At the end of January 2013, construction will begin on a central office that will form the headquarters for eastern North Island iwi Tūhoe. But it will be an office with a difference.
The structure – Te Wharehou o Tūhoe – will attempt to become internationally recognised as a ‘living building’, a building that gives to the environment as much as it takes. Living buildings take their inspiration from flowers, drawing all their requirements for water and energy from the sun, wind and rain.
The project has seen a combination of creative visions, from one of the oldest practicing architects in New Zealand to one of the youngest Maori leaders. In this video, they document their story to date, or you can keep up with the latest on Facebook.