Toku Toru Tapu



NZIA Gisborne Hawkes Bay Architecture Award (2016)

For more than 15 years, the architect has made a contribution that goes well beyond a typical design engagement. Heritage preservation, the drafting of funding submissions and physical contributions to the internal preservation work were all part of a role that has resulted in an enhanced building preserved for future generations.

… this discreet structural upgrade retains the integrity of the original building. Carbon-fibre, inserted behind exceptional whakairo (carved wooden panels) helps bring the church up to code.



NZIA National Award (2016)

… thorough research, extensive consultation, determined fundraising and careful construction have resulted in the inspiring revitalisation of one of New Zealand’s most important Māori churches.

Faith and works, combined, have proved to be the salvation of a significant heritage building.

Māori Land Court



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”.

Awards Lists

NZIA Regional Awards

66 Reads Quay
Kyngdon House 1991
Richards House 1996
Captain Cook Plinthe 2000
Gisborne Girls High School ICT building 2000
Gisborne Intermediate Technology Suite 2000
Te Hapara Special Needs Classroom 2002
St Marys Church Tikitiki 2002
Kingston House 2006
Ngata Memorial College 2008
St Mary Star of the Sea 2012
St Lukes Church 2013
Kaiti School Wharekauri 2017

NZIA Gisborne Hawkes Bay Architecture Award, 2020

66 Reads Quay

NZIA National Awards

Toku Toru Tapu Church 2016

Master Builders Award – Gold

Somerton Road House

Resene colour Awards

Gisborne Maori Land Court
Te Hapara Special Needs Classroom