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Haare Williams and Christina van Bohemen at the signing of Te Kawenata o Rata.

Haare Williams and Christina van Bohemen at the signing of Te Kawenata o Rata.

This month’s City Talks will celebrate Matariki — the Māori New Year — with
City Talks: Tikanga in Architecture — a future with us and for us – featuring a panel kōrero with five emerging architectural designers, artists and thinkers on Monday 19 June at City Gallery Wellington.

The talk will focus on what might the future of a truly bicultural Aotearoa look like. Emerging Māori architects and architectural graduates discuss what the future of our built environment needs to be: beautiful, inclusive, safe, equitable and providing a platform for generations to come. 

The panel is convened by Elisapeta Heta, architectural graduate, Ngātiwai, Waikato Tainui and will comprise:

  • Te Ari Prendergast, architectural graduate, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou
  • Amber Ruckes, architectural graduate, Ngāi Tuhoe
  • Hana Scott, architect, Ngāti Wakaue, Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungungu
  • Whare Timu, senior architectural graduate, Ngāti Kahungungu.

This kōrero acknowledges the recent loss of pivotal thinker, architect and kaitiaki Rewi Thompson, his significant contribution to the built environment, to the education of architectural students and work with indigenous communities around the world.

The discussion also looks to the future with the recent signing of Te Kawenata o Rata — bringing together a formal relationship between The New Zealand Institute of Architects and Ngā Aho.

Free entry, 6pm start.


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