With visitor numbers to the Rotorua region increasing steadily in recent years, it was decided that the 40 year-old facilities at the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute could take better advantage of local and international tourism by providing a broader cultural experience. Creative Spaces was commissioned to join a team of consultants tasked with providing an integrated development proposal that addressed the development of the new weaving and carving schools, interpretive displays and retail facilities in keeping with the existing Marae and geothermal valley. With a distinctly cultural flavour, this project required the Creative Spaces project team to quickly assimilate a high degree of knowledge and understanding of Maori culture, and to implement the Maori theme in a manner that was accurate and respectful, promoting New Zealand and Maori culture in a compelling experience for visitors, without falling victim to commercial imperatives.