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“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill

iI don’t think so. But you can have a home without a bookcase – the last 100+ books Nat has bought have been on her Kobo. However for us, the lounge moved another step closer to being finished just before Christmas with our bookcase being installed. We were finally able to unpack books that have been stored in boxes for five years. Nat gave away more books than we kept. This design is very different to the original concept, we don’t need the same amount of storage space.

The glass pivot sliding doors (hiding the TV and PC) have a tukutuku pattern on them copied from the Tu Kaki meeting house at Te Kaha. The Poutama (stairway to heaven) design in Maori legend symbolises a climb made by Tawhaki to receive the three baskets of knowledge from the gods. You can read more about tukutuku in this Auckland Museum teacher resources page.

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