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Tikanga in Architecture

A discussion with emerging architectural practitioners. Friday 15 September

Event description:

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi.
With your basket and my basket the people will live.

As part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2017, and in association with Nga Aho, join our kōrero panel as they come together in Tāmaki to discuss tikanga in architecture. Featuring five emerging practitioners, the discussion will be convened by Whare Timu (Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Arawa, Tūwharetoa) with a panel that includes Jacqueline Paul (Ngāti Tūwharetoa + Ngāpuhi + Ngāti Kahungunu); Te Ari Pendergast (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāi Tahu, Ngārti Porou); Amber Ruckes (Ngāi Tūhoe); and Hana Scott (Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu).

This kōrero continues and builds on an earlier conversation hosted in Wellington during Matariki where — as part of the NZIA Wellington Branch’s City Talks series in partnership with City Gallery Wellington — a group of emerging Māori architects and architectural graduates looked to the future and asked, what might a truly bicultural Aotearoa look like?

As we continue to weave our baskets and place them alongside each other, we cooperate, collaborate and continue to discuss what the future of our built environment needs to be: beautiful, inclusive, safe, equitable and providing a platform for generations to come.

The discussion also reaffirms the recent signing of Te Kawenata o Rata – bringing together a formal relationship between the NZIA and Ngā Aho. Signed at dawn on 9 February 2017, this covenant is the first of its kind between an architectural institute and their indigenous peoples — in the world — and will enable future joint strategies to be developed. The potential of this values-based agreement to enact positive architectural and relationship outcomes is unprecedented.

In the words of Haare Williams, Ngā Aho Kaumatua, this “holds the potentiality for a robust and enduring bicultural relationship to grow and flourish. Partnership is meaningless without Participation Potentiality and Protection. The ceremony released the potential for both to lift off and soar. Kaitiakitanga (protection) has joined the lexicon for a meaningful relationship which now spreads across our whenua, ngahere and moana like the shadow of a benevolent giant kauri protecting that which has virtue.”

Refreshments kindly provided by Kokako.


Event details:

7am (kai) for 7.30am start (concludes at approx. 8.45am)
Artspace, Level 1
300 Karangahape Road, Newton