November 11, 2020
Auckland Council promotes Maori design concepts
Auckland Council is trying to lead by example to get Māori design thinking into the city’s built environment.
It has refreshed the Māori Design Hub section of the Auckland Design Manual, its good practice guide for architects and developers.
Māori design leader Phil Wihongi says it draws on examples like the new downtown public space, Te Wānanga, and the Quay Street enhancements to show what is possible.
It also includes information on Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s papakainga development and other projects for urban Māori housing that offer new ways to provide affordable homes and make better use of land.
"It’s also really about council showing leadership through what we do, what we build and develop to make it clear for the private development sector to understand the processes that sit behind it and to see the outcomes and benefits of it, particularly engaging with mana whenua," Mr Wihongi says.
The hub also includes information on Māori housing research, providers, policies and toolkits.
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