Kāinga Tuatahi, Kupe Street. Episode 1: Getting Started

December 11, 2014

Housing for Life, Māori Design, Videos

Ngāti Whātua has been based in Tāmaki for the last 300 years. Kāinga Tuatahi is a development of 30 medium-density houses designed especially for Ngāti Whātua descendants, many of whom are first-time homeowners.

Rather than merely creating a collection of new houses, the project set out to develop a vibrant and dynamic community for Ngāti Whātua in Ōrākei. The focus was on medium-density living in order to make room for large areas of communal and activity spaces. Placing the houses in a smaller area allows for more parkland, play space, vegetable gardens and other community spaces.
A primary focus for the development has been affordability, not just up-front but long-term affordability and durability over the lifetime of the houses.  There is also a an emphasis on expressing the cultural identity of Ngāti Whātua through the design of the housing.

In this episode, Ngāti Whātua Trust Elected Representative Rangimarie Hunia explains the vision and inspiration behind this unique project.

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Click the link below to watch the episode:

ADM presents: Getting Started, Kāinga Tuatahi, Kupe Street

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