Embedding Māori design into the very heart of the Council

The Auckland Design Office (ADO) is calling for applicants for an exciting new leadership role in the Region Wide Team: Kaihautū Tākina ngā tohu Ao Māori – Principal Specialist Mana Whenua Urban Design.

The ADO acknowledges the integral role Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau have as the custodians of Mātauranga Māori/knowledge for Auckland. This role has been created to support Mana Whenua design outcomes as our city continues to grow.

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The successful applicant would be working alongside Mana Whenua and Māori communities, developers and project managers within the council family. The role would build upon the kaupapa that underpins the Te Aranga Māori Design Principles and core iwi values to successfully deliver new buildings, places and spaces that communicate a Māori identity.  (You can find more information about the Te Aranga Māori Design principles on the Māori Design Hub on the Auckland Design Manual).

This is a pivotal step-change for Auckland Council and the ADO that will see an active transition towards embedding Māori design into the very heart of the Council.

The position description for this role has been co-created with Mana Whenua representatives. The ADO team believe that this is the start of building positive, enduring relationships with Mana Whenua and Māori communities and that this role is integral to achieving a future built environment that reflects Mana Whenua and the uniqueness of Tāmaki Makaurau.

The new role is now advertised here: Careers Auckland Council

Ka kati ngā tono a te 10.30pm o 15 o Nōema, 2015 | Closing date for applications 10.30pm 15th of November 2015


One Response to “Embedding Māori design into the very heart of the Council”

  1. Andrea tunks Says:

    Awesome! Lets hope this position is fully resourced to enable this talented visionary person to effectively influence the structural, artistic and architectural landscape of the Auckland region.
    This will enable Auckland to speak of its living authentic indigenous identity as a strongpoint of Aucklands uniqueness and marketability.


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