The Toko Toru Tapu church in Manutuke, Gisborne, is one of the most important Maori churches in New Zealand. The church has a rich history and is adorned with work by renowned carver, Rukupo. Rukupo is regarded as one of the most illustrious carvers from the 19th century, and his whare is on display in Te Papa Museum on loan.

With the current fourth church dedicated in 1913, built from bricks and mortar, time has taken its toll. A complete restoration was required. Mateenbar™ was specified for the work of seismic stabilizing and crack stitching.

“An economic product with zero risks of deterioration and can be near-surface mounted.” James Blackburne – Architects 44

Structural engineer, Peter Smith of Spencer Holmes and local architect James Blackburne of Architects 44 considered other reinforcement solutions and decided on Mateenbar™, as it met all key properties and ensured a build that will last. Unlike steel that can corrode and cause concrete and masonry to rupture, Mateenbar™ is non-corrosive and has a 100-year design life.