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Waka Maori architecture was provided by TOA and Opus Architecture

Waka Maori provided local and international manuhiri (visitors) with a taste of both contemporary and historic Maori culture during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The Waka Maori Pavilion had three significant parts: the Rau Tau exhibition – 100 years of Maori Rugby, the viewing gallery and performance space and a 3D viewing experience. The Artisan Village showcased Maori creative talents in raranga (weaving), whakairo (carving), moko (tattooing) and contemporary arts and crafts in a way that allowed the audience to engage with the culture.

Located at Te Wero Island on Auckland's waterfront the Waka Maori Pavilion and Maori Artisan Village were the brain child of Renata Blair of Evitan Events and the Ngati Whatua Iwi, with financial support from Te Puni Kokiri - the Ministry of Maori Development, the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and the New Zealand Government.