About Us 


 We believe we can change the world. 

We believe we can change the world for Maori

The way we can change the world is by design and constructing built environments that Maori love,

 that engage, challenge and inspire us.

Built environments which are a part of "te ao Maori"


We are architects who design and construct great buildings.



  • Navigate & control design and building through to the completion of your project.
  • Keep the project within your budget
  • Work with specialist consultants i.e. quantity surveyors, engineers, specialist trades & suppliers
  • Achieve Building & Resource Consents
  • Tender the project & award the construction contract
  • Work to your time frame.
  • Create high quality environments that the iwi will love.



Kauri Architects is a practice which Tere Insley has set up after working as an architect for more than twenty years in some of the country's largest architectural practices.


Over the past twenty five years as a registered architect Tere has worked on a wide range of projects and has participated at all stages of the design and construction process. Buildings range from educational to commercial, civic, medical and cultural buildings.  


Kauri Architects is efficiently assisted by architectural technicians, engineers and other building professionals to deliver architectural and building projects.


Kauri Architects uses the New Zealand Institute of Architects GAP system which is a streamlined quality management system to guide and check architectural design from masterplanning through to the end of Defects Liability.


2012 - 2016   Kauri Architects

2009 - 2012   Tikanga Maori Architect Warren + Mahoney

2007      Associate Warren + Mahoney

2002 - 2011     Senior Architect Warren + Mahoney, Auckland

1997      Architect Dodd Paterson Bukowski Rehm

1990      Established Kauri Architects    

1986      Ministry of Works & Development, Rotorua Residency

1884      Registered Architect

1980      Architectural Graduate, Ministry of Works & Development, Wellington District

1980      Graduated School of Architecture, University of Auckland


The buildings shown here are projects worked on as an employee of Warren + Mahoney.

2012 – 2016

Kauri Architects 

  • Te Tini o Porou Stage 01 alterations, Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou 

    Stage 01 alterations to former DB Hotel, Kaiti. Design, documentation, contractor procurement, construction observation, defects liability


  • Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou offices, Ruatoria alterations

        Design concept and preliminary design


  •  Raparapa Ririki Outdoor pursuits / tourism for Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou

1920's, 320m2 homestead at the base of Mt Hikurangi restored for outdoor education and tourist accommodation.


  •  Hauhunga Marae: Whare nui, whare kai and offices for Ngati Rarua

Design concept


  •  C Company Memorial House, Gisborne Museum

Design concept and Resource Consent


  • Rutaia Marae, Otuwhare, Te Whanau-a-Apanui Kitchen renovations

Design, documentation, Building Consent, Contractor procurement


 2002 – 2012 Associate, Tikanga Maori Architect Warren + Mahoney  


  • MIT and Transport Interchange, Manukau designed & built by Warren + Mahoney.

My role: design, documentation of the Performing Arts theatre. 


  •  National Library Wellington alterations by Warren + Mahoney.

My role: development & expression of the bicultural story.


  • Southern Cross Medical Centre designed & built by Warren + Mahoney.

My role: developed design, documentation through to tender. 


  • Te Ao Marama Recovery, Maori / Pacific Island Heads of Department /

        Ngai Tahu Research University of Canterbury.

My role: Brief development & concept design.

  • Anglican Church, Canterbury Design Guidelines.

My role: Community consultation to ascertain multicultural, bicultural, 3 Tikanga reference in design of future cathedral / churches


2010 Associate, Tikanga Maori Architect Warren + Mahoney


  • Te Wharekura o Te Rau Aroha. Ngarua designed & built by Warren + Mahoney.

My role: design of total immersion Maori school catering for year 1 to 13 to Ministry of Education standards and cultural requirements

  • Audi Showroom, Auckland designed & built by Warren + Mahoney

My role: design team Audi showroom Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland

  • Novotel Hotel, Auckland International Airport designed & built by Warren + Mahoney.

My role: Tikanga Architect for the multimillion dollar hotel, a joint venture between Tainui Group Holdings, Novotel and Auckland International Airport.


  • Medical Centre for Raukura Hauora o Tainui

My role: Client consultation, concept design 

  • Auckland Mail Centre designed & built by Warren + Mahoney.

My role: documentation and project administration of the multimillion dollar NZ Post mail processing centre for the greater Auckland Region.


  • Whare Taonga, Turangawaewae designed by Warren + Mahoney.

 My role: design of museum to commemorate the life of the late Maori Queen, Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu proposed for Turangawaewae marae, Ngaruawahia.


  •  BNZ Tower, 80 Queen Street designed & built by Warren + Mahoney.

My role: Iwi consultation, Ngati Whatua, Ngai Tai developed design by Warren and Mahoney and Woods Bagot, Sydney based architects for client – Multiplex.

  • Upper Harbour Primary School, Auckland Stages 01 and 02 designed & built by Warren + Mahoney.

 My role: design, documentation and construction of a million dollar primary school on Auckland’s North Shore.


Projects prior to 2009 Registered Architect Ministry of Works and Development 

Design, documentation, contract observation.

Selected projects:

·         Historic Places Trust Restoration reports for the following wharenui:

Te Kororia, Whakaara Tamaiti marae, Putaruru

Matua-a-iwi, Tokikapu marae, Waitomo

Te Kapua Whakapipi, Te Rangi-ita marae, Turangi

Te Poroporo, Whakatane

Te Ngawari, Oputao marae, Ruataahuna

Te Rangihouhiri, Whakatane

Taiwhakaea, Whakatane 

·         Whakatane Courthouse

Project management construction. Manage delivery of Maori carving and installation.

·         Kawerau Fire Station extensions

Documentation and Project Management construction

·         Rotorua Fire Station

Project management construction. Engagement of carver and manage installation. 

Kauri Architects

·         Hinehou Kohanga Reo, Western Springs

Design, documentation and construction.

·         University of Auckland, Kohanga Reo

Design and documentation. 


Kauri Architects: Committed to design and construction which achieves your vision for whanau and the iwi