Reinforcing presence through architecture and design process.

A panel discussion with Jade Kake, Ben Tunui and T’iafelelea’i Carinnya Feaunati , Chaired by Jahmayne Robin-Middleton.

If the design of our built environment is to be reflective of the communities they serve, where do tangata Māori and Pasifika see themselves in this space?

 We saw the development of the Te Aranga Design Principles in 2005 and the signing of Te Kawenata o Rata in 2017.

Te Kawenata o Rata is an institutional covenant that formalises an ongoing relationship of co-operation between Te Kāhu Whaihanga and Ngā Aho (Aotearoa’s Network for Indigenous Design Professionals). With the realising of such kaupapa, how has architectural design practice evolved?

This kōrero is centred around indigenous place-making, and how indigenous practitioners navigate architectural design practice. The discussion more broadly touches on the following:
Co-design – What even is that?
How do Architects give meaningful effect to documents such as Te Kawenata o Rata and Te Tiriti o Waitangi?
Te mana o te reo – The significance of Te Reo Māori, in architectural design practice.
Design practice that is tika – Designing with respect to Māori rights and rites.

City Talks is an ongoing series initiated by Te Kāhu Whaihanga Wellington Branch and presented in partnership with City Gallery.

The talk will be followed by refreshments.

For those that want to join us from home, see the Facebook event for Livestream details.

Learn more about each of the speakers here.


  • Jade Kake
  • Ben Tunui
  • T’iafelelea’i Carinnya Feaunati
  • Chaired by Jahmayne Robin-Middleton


  • Free


  • Mon 21 Nov


  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm


  • Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street
  • Wellington 6140