The Parliamentary complex
in Wellington was "intended to give the people
of New Zealand a public building to be proud of, built
of splendid materials obtained in the Dominion."
Coromandel granite was used for the base and Kairuru
marble was used from the first floor up.
The Executive Wing of Parliament,
as the Beehive was the second phase of the Parliamentary
complex and built in the 1970s. To enhance the stark
concrete, Kairuru marble has been used for decoration
internally as well as on the lower external walls.
Kairuru Quarry Today
These days Kairuru marble
is mainly used for sculpturing. The historic quarry
site can be visited through either a short walk from
the house or by 4WD vehicle. Here some of the old
machinery used can still be seen.