Provision for new early learning services is part of the New Zealand Ministry of Education’s New School’s initiative. All new school sites have a designated area for a new licensed early learning center.
Hobsonville Point has recently acquired a new Primary School and selected the North Auckland Kindergarten Association (NAKA) to build, establish and operate an early learning service on the site of the Primary School.
Collingridge and Smith Architects were appointed to design the new center for NAKA. The concept for this center came from analysis of the winning organization, in particular, its core values of Sustainability, Excellence and Aspiration. We expressed these as 3 whares (the Maori word for 'house') housing the primary functions of the building. By rotating each whare and overlaying them, we formed a village, with a central ‘piazza’ at its heart. All classrooms flow onto this central space, as does the kitchen, creating a real social heart to the building and representing the organizations' primary value – Hauora ( Maori for health/wellbeing).