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Pipitea Marae Upgrade in Wellington

Tenths Trust recently completed an significant upgrade at Wellington’s Pipitea Marea featuring Terrazzo Veneto paving.


What were you looking to achieve with the design?

The landscape is part of the marae atea to Pipitea Marae and so it has a number of ceremonial functions which it must accommodate. It is used almost every day and night by various clubs and groups, as well as during casual use of the wharenui and wharekai by various clubs and organisations and by individuals who come onto the site from the surrounding offices to eat their lunch. So it has many different practical and programmatic requirements.

In addition to that, we wanted the landscape to be an expression of the culture of the people to whom it belongs. We tried to use materials and patterns which responded to the unique and at times iconic language of tikanga maori. The koru, for example, was an explicit request by the client. The paving pattern references Maori basket weaving and is also a metaphor for the meeting of two people, which is the primary function of an atea.

Why did you choose to work with Horizon?

The client wanted to use materials which were a cut above the average. We explored a range of possibilities before settling on the Terrazzo range. We also liked that they were locally made and so saved on the environmental cost of transportation.Horizon was also able to respond to the very tight timeframe we had in which to deliver the project.

What brief did you give Horizon?

We discussed at length the mixes, finishes, sealants, laying and base on which the pavers were to go. It was less about me briefing them and more about collaborating to achieve the best possible product – a collaboration that I feel was highly successful.

Why were you impressed with their solution?

Yes, I was particularly impressed with their ability to deliver on time, as this can cause major problems. The quality of the product now that the project is completed exceeds my expectations.

What feedback have you had about the paving/landscaping products delivered by Horizon?

We haven’t quite finished the project yet, but the feedback from the clients has been extremely positive.

Project details

Project name: Pipitea Marae
Designer: Moorhead and Newdick Landscape Architects
Installer: Nikau Palmatum
Paving suppliers: Horizon International
Pavers used: Veneto Pastelli

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