Naenae College Special Needs Unit has won a Wellington Local Architecture Award and Resene Colour Award in the education category at the NZIA awards.

Jury citation

As a special needs unit, this building has clear organisation and the internal street provides a specific amenity to its users that is evident in the vibrancy of the spaces. The unique challenges that a building such as this demands have been addressed with clarity and empathy.


“As Head of the Special Needs Unit I have found them (S&T) keen to listen and understand our wish-list and the needs of the students we work with. They have tried their very best to give us as much as possible within the constraints of the brief. They have been very informative in communicating the options to us. They have been very easy to talk with and have explained things in layman’s terms for us, which we have appreciated” –Julia Lee, Head of Special Needs Naenae College

A big congratulations to Murray Robertson, Chris Blanch and the team who did such a great job.

For further information regarding the design of Naenae College Special Needs Unit or education design, please contact Murray Robertson at

See the project featured on the NZIA website here.