A Powhiri was held on the crisp and clear dawn to bless the Fraser Ave apartment blocks and unveil the sculptures which adorn the site on Tuesday the 4th of August. Ngati Paoa, the local Mana Whenua, gave a Powhiri for all the local community who wished to attend and have a first look at the newly completed exterior of the apartment design. Representatives from NZ Living and Brewer Davidson’s team came to witness the opening and celebrate the construction.
The site is a 102-apartment project for NZ Living, spearheaded by Shane Brealey as part of an ongoing series of projects with Brewer Davidson Architects. The apartments are high quality, three-storey walk-ups which create affordable homes that integrate to the community. The site is broken into five smaller blocks which allow for sun and green spaces within the development while still maintaining resident’s privacy. These spaces provide opportunity for neighbors to meet and socialize and create a community within the development. Brick fins enclose private balcony spaces for homeowners as well as creating a visually strong and active street presence.
Sculptures were designed and created by Anton Forde, a local artist who specializes in works which celebrate the connections between land, nature, and culture. He has worked with Brewer Davidson and NZ Living on a number of projects where his sculptures remind residents of New Zealand’s rich heritage and natural beauty.