Rahele and Rob enter the three minute thesis comp, with Rob bringing home the big prize !!!! well done
Thursday, 27 August 2020
Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Wainui te awa
Ko Parepaupau te maunga
Ko Ngaitai te iwi
Ko Torere arua te hapu
Ko Damian toku ingoa
Damian is a Landscape Architect and Project Manager working with Isthmus.
Bela Hinemoa Grimsdale, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa Graduate Landscape Architect
BLA, (UNITEC) Hons
Being of bicultural background, with Māori and Pākehā whakapapa. Bela has naturally developed her professional interests and studies to be strongly grounded in the culture of Aotearoa. Her previous studies at the University of Auckland with a double major in Art History and Cultural Heritage and Museums, where she developed her interest, knowledge and practice in traditional Māori techniques of weaving, carving and the uses of native plants.
In 2017 Bela undertook a walking design audit of the Tāmaki Makaurau CBD to locate, record and value existing Māori design elements for the Auckland Design Office. The audit was eye-opening in terms of thinking about where there might be potential for Te Ao Māori in the city and to the extent of where these values are lacking. The audit has become a useful tool and informative resource for Auckland Council.
Bela joined LandLAB in 2019 after completing an internship whilst studying. Bela looks forward to adding a strong cultural dimension to the team drawing on her knowledge, skills and affiliations, and to build on her Te Ao Māori knowledge and research gained throughout her studies and how she can apply this in the professional field.
Bela enjoys collaboration with clients, professionals, academics and practitioners with a passion for the landscape and Te Ao Māori.
Dr Jessica Hutchings
Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Huirapa, Gujurati
Director and Consultant – Māori science strategy, innovation and transformation.
Co-Director, Tīaho Ltd. Kaupapa Māori research, evaluation and policy development consultancy(2016 – present)
Dr Jessica Hutchings is a research strategist, leader and communicator will 25 years of experience in the development and implementation of Māori science strategy which includes building research landscapes and leading Māori research initiatives with clear community outreach objectives including Oranga (wellbeing), toitoi (creativity) and auaha (innovation) for diverse Māori communities. Dr Hutchings hasdeep experience working at the interface of both science and society and mātauranga Māori. It is through this work that she continue to develop her expertise and reputation as a critical kaupapa Māori research leader and science strategist who contributes to and furthers understandings of mātauranga Māori.
Current Board Appointments
MBIE Science Board (2019-current)
Rauika Māngai Cross NSC Senior Māori Leaders Rōpū (Chair 2018-)
Resilience to Natures Challenges, National Science Challenge (2020-current)
Previous Board Appointments
Organics Aotearoa New Zealand
Te Waka Kai Ora (National Māori Organics Authority) Recent nomination to the Board of the International
Jamie Stronge BLA (Unitec)
Jamie Stronge is a Senior Landscape Architect for ARUP in the Cities and Digital team in Auckland.
Master of Landscape Architecture (by Design), Bachelor of Planning (Hons) and currently completing a Master of Urban Design.
Zoe is a principal at 4Sight Consulting Limited, a Board Member of Green Roofs Australasia, Director of Living Roofs New Zealand and member of the World Green Infrastructure Network.
Zoë has been working on sustainable development in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, including the encouragement of green infrastructure through design, planning and policy development for over twenty years. With a knack for managing multiple demands
Director WakaTipua Architecture ltd and Hutana Design ltd.
Whakatipuria te matauranga mai te whenua, te iwi me te mahi hoahoanga
WakaTipua Architects is an indigenous focused practice with over 30 yrs experience.
With 4 Maori Directors we are one Practice operating in three regions of Tamaki Makaurau (Otara in the South, Albany in the North, Henderson in the West)
WTA Specialize in a matauranga Maori design led approach to commercial transcultural architecture, Landscape Architecture, urban planning with a honed passion for reflecting cultural, heritage identity in innovative contemporary ways.
MSc (Architecture), PhD (Architectural Technology)
Senior LecturerSchool of Architecture and Planning. UoA
Dr Paola Boarin graduated with a Master of Science in Architecture from the Department of Architecture of the University of Ferrara, Italy, where she received also a PhD in Architectural Technology.
Paola joined the University of Auckland in 2015, where she is Senior Lecturer of Architectural Technology, School Director (Architecture Programmes) and the Architecture Technology and Sustainability Stream Leader at the School of Architecture and Planning.
Paola is also the co-founder and inaugural co-director of the Future Cities Research Hub, whose aim is promoting research collaborations and cross-disciplinary approaches leading to evidence-based understandings and design innovations at the building and urban level.
Prior to her appointment at the University of Auckland, Paola collaborated with the University of Ferrara as Adjunct Professor of Architectural Technology and Environmental Design and as Research Fellow. There, she was also a member of the Architettura>Energia Research Centre, a research hub focussing on building sustainability and performance, where she played a key role in its establishment and development.
Paola has been collaborating with the Green Building Council of Italy since 2011 by leading the development of sustainability rating systems as Chair of the Technical Advisory Group ‘Historic Building’ and Vice-Chair of the Technical Advisory Group (Academic) ‘Materials and Resources’. This collaboration resulted in the development and publication of GBC Historic Building®, the first and only rating tool assessing the level of sustainability of conservation-related interventions on historic buildings.
Her research addresses the links between architecture, technology and environment, with a focus on sustainable conservation, adaptation and retrofit of existing and heritage buildings, regenerative design and post-occupancy evaluation of buildings (new constructions and existing buildings, also with heritage significance) and the wider neighbourhood scale. She has extensively worked on the sustainable adaptation and energy retrofit of existing and heritage buildings, on the sustainable regeneration of historic villages and on the development of environmental sustainability assessment tools, particularly for preservation-related interventions on heritage and character buildings.
Paola is an invited member of the Steering Committee that developed a "Manifesto and Guidelines for Resilient Communities", as part of the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Dr Dermott John James Mc Meel
Senior Lecturer School of Architecture and Planning. UoA
Dermott McMeel is a lecturer and researcher in Design and Digital Media at the University of Auckland. He has degrees in Architecture from the Queens University in Belfast (1995, 1999) and a PhD (The Artistry of Construction) from the University of Edinburgh (2009).
Dermott’s research focuses on the social, organisational and cultural disruption that technology causes in the built environment. He has sustained a critical enquiry into how architecture, public space and design processes are influenced by communication technology through a variety of installations, funded research, journal articles and conference publications.
Currently Dermott is a team member on a 6 year project researching the next generation of digital manufacturing materials and processes (NZ$ 12,000,000) funded by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. Ongoing research is investigating: how fitness data affects our relationship with the built environment; how is artificial intelligence reshaping the home?; and in what way robotics change value systems in the creative processes, including building design and construction.
Dermott was PI on ACEFutures, a research project investigating new technologies in the construction process, funded by the Building Research Association for New Zealand (NZ$65,000); PI on Digital Fieldnotes, an investigation into group working through locative media, funded by the University of Auckland (NZ$ 25,000). Dermott is also a member of the New Zealand National BIM Education Working Group, written advisory reports on innovation in the construction sector, and is Chair of the AECFutures thinktank supporting innovation in the construction sector.
Sunday, 23 August 2020
Since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi the Whanganui river has actively been destroyed through legislative acts by the Crown. The Highways and Watercourses Diversions Act 1858, the Wanganui River Trust Act 1891, and the Coal Mines Act amendment in 1891 have all undermined the Treaty and the ability for Whanganui uri (descendants of the river) to care, protect, manage and use the river. This has diminished the mauri of the river and resulted in the loss of ancestral knowledge around tīkanga towards the river.
The Te Awa Tupua Act that was passed in 2017 represents a significant turning point. A point where we acknowledge the people who championed the longest running legal battle in New Zealand’s history, through imagining the future of the river and its people through their eyes. Now that the river is legislated as a legal person through Westminster law, Whanganui uri can shift efforts towards restoring the mauri of the awa and rebuilding their relationship with the river to be what it once was.
This research follows a process of decolonisation towards re-indigenisation within Kaupapa Māori Rangahau, specifically through Whanganuitanga and Te Awa Tupua. Within landscape architecture, this research situates itself within the context of tūpuna (ancestral) landscape mapping - as the researcher is a descendent of the river, and the river is her tūpuna (ancestor). This follows a site investigative process of visualising the socio-cultural layers of histories of the site of Pākaitore and its context within the Whanganui river and to Whanganui uri, in order to reimagine the future of the urban site of Pākaitore to be a site that reflects its people and its history, through the rebuilding of the indigenous knowledges that reside within the landscape.
The site of Pākaitore was chosen through the expression of Whanganui uri at He Waka Pakoko - a pathways to 2040 symposium (March 2020) - to rebuild waka knowledge and practises. Pākaitore was once a fishing kāinga, and trading hub for Whanganui uri. In 1995 it became the site for Whanganui uri to reassert their Whanganuitanga in opposition to the Crown’s Treaty settlement processes. Rob Small