Te Wharewaka o Poneke
Commonly referred to now as Te Wharewaka, this building was given the official name of 'Te Raukura' at an opening dawn Ceremony on Waitangi Day, Sunday 6 February 2011. 'Te Raukura' is of special significance to descendants from Taranaki iwi of Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngati Ruanui, Ngati Tama and Ngati Mutunga. Previously the area where the building is located was harbour frontage to Te Aro Pā, one of the largest Māori communities in Wellington up until the 1880s. The building sees the re-establishment of a Māori presence on Taranaki Wharf, notably absent on the waterfront since that time. The elements of the building include whakairo or carvings and modern renditions of traditional design which transform the building symbolically into a ceremonial waka linked to the ancestor Kupe and the voyaging traditions of the Pacific peoples.
Te Wharewaka o Poneke is located on Wellingtons waterfront, within close proximity to top hotel accommodation and parking.