Mana whenua opportunities to influence place-making can reinforce a sense of belonging for generations to come through the expression of their mātauranga and pūrakau (stories) in urban design.
Te Aranga Māori design principles provide a way to instil Māori cultural identity in the built landscape, bringing mana whenua to the centre of Auckland's design. Read more about the principles on the
Auckland Design Manual website.
There are a number of examples that express the unique forms and benefits of adopting Māori design thinking. One example is Te Oro Music and Arts Centre in Glen Innes, where Māori design is etched into the look, form and function of this community space.
How this can be done
Efforts can focus on:
- providing opportunities for mana whenua to partner, input and influence urban design within Auckland
- requiring the application of Te Aranga Māori design principles in public development
- encouraging greater uptake of Te Aranga Māori design principles in private development
- supporting and advocating opportunities to showcase and protect Auckland's Māori identity, culture and heritage.