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Ramaroa influenced by WWII US Marines buildings

 

Ramaroa, the recently opened GWRC park centre at Mackays Crossing, is proving a real bonus for stakeholders in the park.

 

Ramaroa

 

The Trust is very grateful for use of the centre for meetings, hosting visitors and most recently as a wet weather venue for its Memorial Day Service.

Designed by Ben Gilpin with icon panels and kowhaiwhai designed by Hermann Salzmann and construction by Ryder Builders, Ramaroa draws on a rich Maori heritage and WWII US Marines buildings for its design.

 

Ramaroa

 

The centre incorporates two separate gable buildings linked by a gullwing roof, tiles, walls and large decks are all influenced by the traditional Maori wharenui and tent structures from the Marines camps.

Practically, the structure enables a specific space for park rangers, new public toilets and a well-equipped, open-plan meeting room (the Kotare Room) that can be hired or used by park stakeholders.

GWRC plans further work on: landscaping, developing of the car parking area, signage and storytelling.

 

Ramaroa

We are grateful to Karl Webber for allowing us to use his photos. For bigger images please visit his Facebook album.

 

Ramaroa influenced by WWII US Marines buildings

 
 
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