Students design wharenui
If you could design a new wharenui for Whangamata Area School, what would it look like?
That was the challenge more than 70 Year 9 and 10 students recently took on as part of a numeracy topic at school.
The students were learning about geometry, measurement and rongoa¯ Ma¯ ori [traditional healing] and about 18 wharenui models were created.
Digital technology teacher Ian Fulton said the students were asked to come up with a concept drawing of what a wharenui and wharekai might look like in the area where Te Piringa was currently situated.
“We used the community marae as a model for what was envisaged for the Whangamata community,” he said.
The students were then given the choice of what to create their 3D models out of.
“One group of boys decided to build it out of wood, which then snowballed and became the material of choice,” Ian said.
He said the project was a collaborative effort where materials teacher Chris Cawley helped with the materials and then allowed students to use the workshop.
“At one stage we had most of the Year 10s in there working on their models.”
Mr Fulton said the end result was more than he could have ever imagined.
“The students used their prior knowledge and incorporated a lot of detail and traditional features, like the tekoteko [figure head], paepae [beam], exposed beams inside to show the ribs and spine.”
Mr Fulton said he was pleased with how well the students collaborated, fed ideas off one another, and incorporated traditional features as well as modern building features.
The students also had to make their models to scale based on the size of the land they were using and kept in line with the council building guidelines.
Haze Horo shows off his wharenui model.