The Whaakata (Meeting House) was built on site with complete adherence to tikanga Maori (traditions and protocols), using original materials from other meeting houses. Most of the carving was undertaken by well known New Zealand master carver John Rua.


Inside features beautiful carvings, tukutuku and kowhaiwhai panels.
Maheno Honotapu of the Taiapa family took responsibility for, and produced, most of the beautiful tukutuku panel work of the interior.

The rafters came from an old meeting house in Tokomaru Bay, a generous gift from the Potae family and in keeping with the tradition that each new house should have something in it from an old one.