New Zealand’s first centre catering for the country’s Islamic community will be built in Rotorua, with plans unveiled earlier this month by the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ). The Aotearoa Islamic Culture and Outreach Centre will include a library, mosque, museum (dedicated to Quran), and outreach hall. The building is expected to cost $1.3 million and it is hoped that funds will be raised over the next year. FIANZ project director Farouk Mustafa said that they wanted to build in Rotorua for cultural reasons. "Rotorua has been selected ... because it is one of the leading tourist destinations in New Zealand and well known around the world. The city is the centre of Maori and Pacific culture that attracts about three million visitors yearly." Rotorua-based architect Aladina Harunani of APA Architects Ltd said that the centre will incorporate Maori design elements and New Zealand culture. To follow this exciting new project, follow WOR listing J142234.

Source: Rotorua Daily Post, 20 August 2012 (AG)


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