7th International Workshop on the Design & Semantics of Form & Movement. 18-20 April 2012


Conference Dinner Venue Announced

We are pleased to announce that the DeSForM conference dinner will be held at Te Raukura, Te Wharewaka o Poneke located in the heart of Wellington’s vibrant waterfront district.  Te Wharewaka as it is popularly known, was given its name, Te Raukura, at the opening dawn Ceremony on Waitangi Day, Sunday 6 February 2011.  Offering a unique mix of Māori cultural tradition within a contemporary context, this versatile venue wass built to house two ceremonial waka taua and waka ama, hence its description as Te Wharewaka o Poneke.

Te Raukura is of special significance to descendants from Taranaki iwi of Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngati Ruanui, Ngati Tama and Ngati Mutunga.  Previously the area where the building is located was harbour frontage to Te Aro Pā, one of the largest Māori communities in Wellington up until the 1880s.  The building sees the re-establishment of a Māori presence on Taranaki Wharf, notably absent on the waterfront since that time. Follow the link for more information on the history and significance of Te Raukura as well as the diverse features of this venue.