Design Concept for: Te Kura o Waitahanui
- Commenced: 01/01/2009
- Submitted: 22/08/2011
- Last updated: 01/08/2012
- Location: Waitahanui, Taupo, New Zealand
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Design Concept for: Te Kura o Waitahanui
Project TypeUrban, Community, School Projects, Demonstration, Educational
Permaculture concept design completed (pro-bono publico) for this Kura (School) in Waitahanui, Taupo. As requested by their principal.
Objective and Value
To establish a school based on the principles of environmental sustainability that will be self-sufficien environmentally and financially.
The programme, Tipu Mai Tipu Ake (Planting for Learning, Planting for Life) revolves around kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and has been embraced by Te Kura o Waitahanui. Tipu Mai Tipu Ake integrates the study of the natural environment into the schools curriculum.
Provided the school with:
An aerial map showing Te Kura o Waitahanui in its current desert-like state.
Findings that have been collated after the initial site visit.
A concept design conveying a general overview of what can be achieved.
Details about what needs to be considered and put into action to accomplish this outcome.
Important information about the sites sustainability and permaculture to help empower those involved with the sites transition from its current state into a site with multiple useful functions, including a:
Valuable learning space and demonstration site
Fun, cooperative and cultural community resource
Hyper-sustainable and prosperous producer of food and products
Native conservation reserve
Space to bring to life, inspire and share.