Design & Innovation Centre
The Design and Innovation Centre houses all the technology, computer and arts classrooms. It was officially opened in May 2012 by Prime Minister John Key.
The centre includes a commercial kitchen, barista bar, textiles room, wood and engineering workshops, digital photography and visual arts rooms, digital technology rooms and design rooms with 3D printers.
The marae of Taupō-nui-a-Tia College is Rangatahi Marae. The Meeting House is Tia and the Dining Hall is Karikaroa. Our Wharenui, named Tia was opened in 1989 and is well adorned with carvings (whakairo) which were intricately carved by Robert Koko of Ngāti Kahungungu/Ngāti Tuwharetoa descent. The marae is under the stewardship of the people of Ngāti Tuwharetoa, and Taupō-nui-a-Tia College staff and students. All carved figures outside and inside the wharenui have some intimate association with the local tribe, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, and all other tribes of Aotearoa.
Te Pou Tahu (the carvings on the front wall) tell of the Whakapapa (genealogy) of Ngāti Tuwharetoa with Ngātoroirangi at the top and Tuwharetoa at the bottom.
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