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Dunedin - Te Tumu - School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies

This is Stage 2 in the formation of a home for the School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies. Stage 1 was also carried out by ABL some 6 years earlier.

This stage was an extension on two levels based on the shape of a Waka (war canoe) along with the upgrade of the other 10 floors above. The project was position in the heart of the University Main Campus so significant issues were access, safety of university pupils and staff, noise restrictions and working in and around buildings that remained in use.

The extension was both curved on plan and elevation making virtually no square joint details anywhere, requiring extremely accurate off-site manufacture of structural steel, roofing and glazing components.

Job Specification

  • Contract Value: $3,290,000 + GST
  • Contract Period: 13 months
  • Client: University of Otago
  • Project Manager: University of Otago – Property Services
  • Architectural Design: Parker Warburton Team Architecture
  • Structural Engineer: Hanlon and Partners
  • Services Engineer: David Polson Consulting for Plumbing and Mechanical


  • Barry McKay: University of Otago 479 8016
  • Simon Parker: Parker Warburton TA 474 1825
  • Steven Flanders: Flanders Marlow 455 1499