Made in Tāmaki Makaurau

The 2017 Matariki Festival is upon us.  The festival marks the dawning of the Māori New Year and will be running until the 2nd of July.  To mark this occasion we’ll be showcasing recent projects from across Tāmaki Makaurau where Mana Whenua and designers have worked together to deliver landmark developments for our city.   To kick things off we’re launching  a new video that explores a cross section of the design industry and their experiences in collaborating with Mana Whenua.

Matariki whetū kit e Rangi
Tāngata ora ki te Whenua

Matariki in the Sky
Our well-being here on Earth

At the start of the Māori New Year, we witness Hine Takurua, the winter goddess, and her husband Tamanui Te Rā, the Sun, rising into the sky together. Over the next few mornings she prepares him for his long journey northwards to Hine Raumati, the summer goddess, and on the shortest day she bids him farewell.

One of Hine Takurua’s key preparations is to pack a kete (basket or kit) for Te Rā, full of all the things that he may need over the course of his journey. The Auckland Design Manual is our Māori Design kete and this Matariki we have packed it full of new content to help nourish the Māori Design journey over the course of the New Year ahead.

Matariki Festival, which runs from 10 June - 2 July, marks the dawning of the Maori New Year

Matariki Festival, which runs from 10 June – 2 July, marks the dawning of the Maori New Year.


Mana Whenua and the Design Process 

Today, we’re excited to launch a new video that focuses on the value of partnering with Mana Whenua during the design and development process. The video includes interviews with Mana Whenua, designers, project managers, and developers as they discuss some of our city’s more recent and distinctive developments, including Toi o Tāmaki, Te Oro, Ōtāhuhu Station and the Commercial Bay Precinct.

One of the key benefits of working with Mana Whenua, as advocated by the interviewees, are the strong narratives that Mana Whenua bring to the partnership. These narratives are deeply rooted to the place, the people and the history. It is through an ongoing partnership between the design team, developers and Mana Whenua that these narratives may be woven into the design to produce a unique built form or landscape that deepens our sense of place.

The value of this partnership is reflected by Tim Woods, Development Manager of Precinct Properties, “Heritage and Mana Whenua have formed the cornerstone of our design philosophy…those relationships we’ve forged with Mana Whenua have been extremely important throughout the process because they’ve helped us learn, they’ve helped us grow, and they’ve helped us understand our project”.

The video also explores Te Aranga Māori Design Principles and Values and how they are being utilised as a tool to support the conversation between Mana Whenua and designers. This is eloquently summarised by Haley Hooper, Urban Designer, Jasmax, “Te Aranga is a really good way of setting up a framework that enables designers to understand what the motivations of Mana Whenua might be towards the site, project, and development”.



Below are the Māori artists who weaved mahi toi into the developments featured within the video, as well as the iwi who partnered with the project teams during the design process.

Mana Whenua: Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Tamaoho, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Te Ata, Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Rehua, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Te Ahiwaru, Te Ākitai Waiohua

Artists: Jerome Cowley, Kelly Dixon, Fred Graham, Tessa Harris, Lonnie Hutchinson, George Kahi, Bernadette Papa, Graham Tipene, Mahu Rawiri, Matthew Salapu, Tina Pihema, Lorna Rikihana, Huhana Turei, Tanya White, Anthony Wilson, Arnold Manaaki Wilson

Project Teams: Archimedia, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT), Jasmax, LandLAB, NH Architecture (Melbourne), Precinct Properties, Warren and Mahoney, Woods Bagot (San Francisco)

The Aramoana Window in  Ōtāhuhu Station, designed by Māori artist Tessa Harris.

The Aramoana Window in Ōtāhuhu Station, designed by Māori artist Tessa Harris.


Keen to checkout some of the festival events? Check out the Matariki Light Show

To celebrate Matariki and honour its traditions of remembrance and renew, the Town Hall has been lit up by a light projection show featuring artwork from Ngāti Manuhiri artists Star, Aroha and Ra Gossage, along with illustrations from their late storyteller and illustrator father, Peter Gossage.

The artwork celebrates Peter’s life work and artistic expression which deeply respects Māori cultural values and beliefs. His illustrations have been recast by new media to help them reach new generations. The art also helps to imbue the public space surrounding the town hall with a taste of Ngāti Manuhiri culture.


Ko te pai ki a koutou katoa I tēnei Matariki hou!

Wishing you all a fantastic new year!

Interested in learning more about Māori Design? The ADM’s Māori Design Hub is a kete of resources, including information on Te Aranga Māori Design Principles, case studies, and success videos.

Next Week: We profile the ADM’s latest Māori Design case studies.

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