The Aoga Amata EFKS early childhood centre has provided education and care to children, primarily of Samoan descent, for more than 20 years. Before 2011, the centre was run out of the Samoan Congregational Church Hall, but an increasing roll encouraged the community to build a separate, specific building.
The centre now accommodates 40 children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years. Located in front of an existing, distinctively falé-style church and hall, the new building offers a modern interpretation of traditional Samoan construction. It is age specific and culturally responsive; detailed, engaging, bright and modern.read more
Funded by a Ministry of Education grant, the completed project included an indoor learning area, mezzanine staff area, and an extensive outdoor play area with rubber floor surfaces and SED shade sails.
The centre was an interesting build for Maycroft Construction. The style was based on the traditional fales of Samoa and used modern building materials and practices to accommodate Wellington’s vastly different climate and seismic events. Bitumen rubber mimicked traditional thatched roofs. Structural steel and laminated beams provided strength for the main structure.
The roof in particular was challenging because of the dome shape; each structural element was designed and constructed as a custom piece with minimal tolerance.
We’re proud to have been involved in this construction and appreciate the input of the local Samoan community to ensure the centre meets their childcare needs.
The Resene Total Colour Awards regonise and encourage the creative use of colour. Aoga Amata employed many colours from the Resene range to celebrate the Somoa culture and provide a bright, cheerful environment for the children.