Our Whare Uku | Rammed Earth House design consists of:

  • a cement stabilised, reinforced concrete slab
  • Muka | flax-fibre reinforced rammed earth wall panels
  • a concrete ring beam cast in situ on top of the walls
  • a Pacific gull-wing roof on exposed rafters.

The result: a modern family home with clean lines and a lifespan of at least 150 years.

We have Architect Plans for consented 1, 3 and 5 bedrooms homes available. Our designs require minimum input from professional engineers. We have helped 100’s of whanau/families with their housing solutions – *NHF 2018


Some on-going and Completed Projects

  • Unaiki Mare papakainga – Ahipara 3 rammed earth homes with independent energy sources
  • Motu whanau, Pukepoto – 4 bedroom home
  • Hepi whanau, Whatuwhiwhi – 4-bedroom home
  • Maunuel whanau, Whatuwhiwhi – 1 bedroom home
  • Popata whanau, Oturu – for papakainga
  • Tuwairua whanau, Waimana – Solar power
  • Mataparua whanau trust, Motatau – Roading and solar power
  • Mangakahia – for papakainga
  • Pa Karaka – whare uku 4 bedroom build
  • Te Hononga, new Hunterwasser centre, Kawakawa

“We are here to advise what to do and what not to do, we want to inspire whanau and support good decisions towards sustainable housing and land use” – Heeni


“We are committed to improving the quality of whare uku through the practice of building. Share the knowledge so each build benefits our communities into housing” – Rueben

The whare uku concept was originally conceived in 1994 by Dr Kepa Morgan (Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāi Tahu – Kāti Kurī, Kāti Huirapa). now an associate dean at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Auckland. The project was agreed to between the Engineering Department at the University of Auckland and Unaiki Mare Whanau Trust of Ahipara.

What to know more?  Click on – Services – and – 8 Steps to Building a Whare Uku – or visit our Enquiry Form


“The best thing about whareuku is you feel safe, warm and our tamariki (children) are healthy. “ – Heeni

“We can help you navigate the building process from start to finish, including road access, construction, alternative energy and an eco waste system for  around $2000 per sm*.” – Rueben