Waitangi Carving and Weaving Studio

Completed 2019

The Waitangi Carving and Weaving Studio was completed in 2016 alongside the Visitors Centre.

Carving is a celebrated expression of both storytelling and art in Māori culture. Whare Toi, the carving studio at Waitangi provides a unique opportunity to meet traditional carvers (kaiwhakairo). Within the studio, the carvers provide examples of both traditional and modern forms of carving and welcome questions about the significance of the art form to Māori. The Carving Studio offers a unique opportunity to watch live demonstrations, learn more about this ancient art form, and discover the talent which is passed down through generations. – Waitangi Treaty Grounds .

The original John Scott building has been retained in basic form and internally reconfigured to accomodate the new carving studio. Careful consideration was made to restore and celebrate the history of the building while repurposing the space for future use.