WorkMaori Land Court

AWARDS: NZIA Colour Award, NZIA Gisborne Hawkes Bay Architecture Award, 2009

This bold, modern building replaced the small, 1950s Maori Land Court occupying the same site. Every element of the new design was rigorously considered, allusions to marae forms and Maori culture reinforcing the court’s significance to local iwi. Clients proudly call it "the best courtroom in the country" with its functional, inviting and spiritually uplifting space.

Features include a strong use of purple, the colour reflecting the highest order of thinking, and a sheltering entranceway and series of pou that lead into and continue the court’s interior theme.

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NZIA Colour Award

This evocative interplay of traditional colours clearly reflects the function and culture of the Maori Land Court. The architects have drawn upon the hierarchy of colour to reflect the relative importance of the judiciary, the users and the public to maximum effect.

NZIA Gisborne Hawkes Bay Architecture Award, 2009

Every element of the new design has been rigorously considered with allusions to marae forms and Maori culture reinforcing the significance of the court to local iwi. This is a functional, inviting and spiritually uplifting space, an assessment confirmed by clients who proudly proclaim it to be “the best courtroom in the country”.