The new wharenui is taking shape at Thames High School.

Towards the end of October there’ll be the official opening, which will be a dawn ceremony.

The former wharenui, or meeting house, was removed to make way for the Thames Indoor Sports Facility.

The new, purpose-built structure will provide a teaching and learning space, a place that celebrates and embodies our commitment to Māori cultural heritage, a formal entrance, and a place to welcome people into the school, as well as wider opportunities for use for the school and community.