Kahurangi School has won a commendation at the CEFPI Australasia Awards Program in the Renovation/Modernisation under $2 million category. CEFPI Australasia is a professional association that encompasses individuals, institutions and corporations throughout South East Asia, Australia and the South Pacific involved in the design of learning spaces. Out of the 89 projects that entered, 14 projects received awards and Kahurangi was the only school from New Zealand to receive an award.

Jury citation

Kahurangi School is the outcome of the amalgamation of two schools with their disparate traditions into one school that honours multiple identities and responds to the needs of modern learning for children. This was a complex task with the possibility of dissention and a sense of dislocation for children and families. A further issue was the need to meet standards for the new seismic safety requirements. The school design has been planned and implemented with courage, imagination and respect for both the groups associated with the previous two schools, the multi ethnic demographic that is a cross cutting theme in both the old and new school and demands of 21st Century Learning. There has been cleaver reuse of the existing school site incorporating contemporary and sustainable materials to reinvent a school. The new school has opened up its learning spaces to allow whole of school visibility and connectedness, included variable spaces for individuals and groups, ubiquitous accessible IT and incorporated local artwork to signal identities.

For further information regarding the design of Kahurangi School or education design, please contact Murray Robertson at mrobertson@stephensonturner.com See the project featured on the CEFPI website here.