Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Tuia Te Matangi
Nelson, New Zealand
Ministry of Education

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Tuia Te Matangi is the culmination of over 10 years of work by Nelson and Motueka iwi.


The new school has the capacity to provide Te Reo immersion education for up to 61 students from Te Kohanga Reo to Year 13.


To ensure that the design would reflect the needs and aspirations of its community Ignite’s team worked with the Establishment Board of Trustees and the contractor to explore important community themes and stories, as well as the significance of the project itself.


Because of the school’s small size it was also crucial to carefully balance community expectations against the available budget throughout the project.


The final concept is based on the historic arrival of the waka in the Nelson Bays area. The two main buildings represent the hulls, the central courtyard the deck, and the canopies the sails of the waka.


As well as administration, library, science, technology, multi-purpose and general teaching spaces, the school has set aside a whanau room for family members to use during school hours. Encouraging whanau participation is critical to building a community of Te Reo speakers who can support their children’s learning and the revitalisation of the Maori language in the region.


The new school is environmentally friendly and energy efficient and is currently being assessed for 5 Green Star certification.