Esk Place 1.1
Esk Place

Our Whare Our Fale’s first eighteen houses are located along Castor Crescent and Esk Place, right in the heart of eastern Porirua. This site is situated within the ongoing larger land development programme of Kainga Ora.

Our Pasefika principles are the origin for this project. The malae/mala’e/marae is the key driver for the reimagined Pasefika village in Aotearoa. The central village green and the shared fale is the orientation for all the houses, celebrating the importance of building secure neighbourhoods and fostering community relationships. A shared garden provides space for native plants, vegetables and fruit trees to be planted as the community desires.

The form for the houses takes on a large roof shape that is reflective of the unique roof forms across the Pacific islands. Our contemporary adaptation in these houses turns the roof into the wall and in doing so creates space. This design allows higher insulation to be built, meaning a warm, dry and healthy home for our families. Even more, they give privacy to the bedrooms upstairs while the skylights allow plenty of natural light and air to keep the house cool.

We acknowledge mana whenua, Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira for their ongoing manaakitanga in this project.  We recognise Ngati Toa’s commitment to whenua and to our ancestral links across Te moana nui a Kiwa.

Design features:
  • Homestar 7 rating
  • Heater panels
  • Energy efficient heat pump hot water system
  • Water efficient tapware
  • Continous mechanical ventilation
  • Insulated slab foundation
  • Low-Emissive window glazing
  • Rainwater collected for malae garden irrigation
  • Shared garden for veggies & fruit trees
  • Shared village fale and guest house for visitors
  • Private carparking spaces
  • Accessible friendly 4-bedroom house

Consenting Process




Esk Place, Cannons Creek

Dwelling Mix

6 x 4 BR

8 x 3 BR

4 x 2 BR

Design Lead

Elyjana Roach, Central Pacific Collective

Associate Architects

First Light Studio


Sam Findlater, Central Pacific Collective

House of Orange


First Light Studio