COMPLETION DATE          2017

SEGMENT                         Space planning, Hospitality, Master planning and urban design

RESEARCH                        Architectural Concepts and Sustainable design.

RESEARCHER                   Shableet Chandra  MArch(Prof)

Kawerau is surrounded by a wealth of natural resources and its main attraction is the Putauaki Mount also knows as Mt Edgecumbe. Tarawera River, which is known for tourist attraction, runs downstream along the mountain edge, providing a natural venue for whitewater sports activity. Situated in the Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand, having a history of sporting like Whitewater rafting, King of the mountain, BMX bike racing, Woodfest, fishing and Hunting, which favors its climate and geographical surrounding.This research project aims to give back youth and the community by providing a venue for locals to get together train keeping them physically and mentally fit and enjoy Whitewater sport. The facility will create jobs and promote the town of Kawerau as a sporting venue for future Whitewater sports and training facility for Athletics. An initiative by local social sector trial to reduce crime in youth, need for a place to meet and collaborative group activities known as Te Whiri.


This project provides an architectural solution to develop and facilitate small towns throughout New Zealand. Where the adults are tangled in drug activities, here we can use architectural composition and space to attract the youth and educate them through sports and other forms of learning. Through architecture design, the new facility will promote professionalism and inspire athletes of Kawerau to succeed through high quality, world-class facilities for competition, training, and preparation for major events like Olympics. The facility will be astatically attractive which will encourage people to visit and use the building. The facility will also get the local community to appreciate a venue for its place of belonging as of the location and the historic journey of the first Kawerau native Maori peoples arrival by canoe and heading towards the Putauaki mountain.