Cassandra Sutherland

Moana Ko Toi


Moana Ki Toi is an interplay between people (their movements, behaviours, interests), land, and built form. How do natural and built forms facilitate activities of interaction within a community? Providing a network for the community of Houghton Valley, the design looks to the creek beneath the valley that travels from the summit down to the sea. The creek’s movements are imitated to aid interaction and kōrerorero for residents and visitors.
I am an artist, designer, photographer, creator living on the beautiful Wellington coast. I have a passion for all things creative and I love the moment when different creative practices intercept and creative boundaries are broken.
Bachelor of Design (Hons) Spatial
Houghton Valley is a thriving community with open spaces to play and exercise. But where are the informal places of gathering and interaction?
"During the Great Depression of the 1930s, they ran the hall to full capacity with regular dances, sporting activities, card and quiz evenings..."
"...by the 1950s and 1960s both the progressive association and the community hall began a slow decline..."
"the community stewardship broke down. The four shops, two tennis courts and three churches gradually ended their activities". (Corbishley, 2015, p48)
The creek still streams underneath the valley in pipes leading to the ocean. This bridge is placed in anticipation for the re-surface of the creek.