Book Launch & Public Lecture

For this Ockham Lecture, Jade Kake and Elisapeta Heta will lead a wānanga exploring the mauri of the space that has been created for Pouwātū.

Kake and Heta will explore the ways in which spaces influence behaviour and how tikanga governs a physical environment. Drawing these ideas out further, they will consider the spatial layout of a marae, concepts of tapu and noa, the whare tūpuna as a whare tangata, and the kinds of interactions that are supported in these settings.

The conversation will also speak to the significance of transforming the white-walled gallery into a wharenui to house photographer John Miller's work in the exhibition Pouwātū: Active Presence.

Prior to this wānanga, please join the gallery to celebrate the launch of Making Ways: Alternative Architectural Practice in Aotearoa, a new publication by Kathy Waghorn and Michael Davis. Designed by Amy Yalland, the book details the exhibition of the same name that was staged at Objectspace in 2019. Making Ways features the work of Unit Y, Makers of Architecture, ĀKAU and Hatch Workshop. The publication includes essays, interviews, images and transcripts of the events held as part of the exhibition.

Booking is free and required here. Hospitality will be provided.


Jade Kake (Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa, Whakatōhea) is an architectural designer, writer and housing advocate living and working in Whangārei. Her design practice is focussed on working with Māori organisations on marae, papakāinga and civic projects, and in working with mana whenua groups to express cultural values and narratives through urban design.

Elisapeta Hinemoa Heta (Ngātiwai, Waikato Tainui) is a kaihoahoa whare (architectural designer) works through a multi-disciplinary practice to create experiences make visible, our stories many of which have been hidden or eroded – with a focus indigenous and wāhine (women’s) stories. Heta has worked through her practice Jasmax on several cultural and civic projects, and through her personal practice as an artist on multiple exhibitions and publications that sought to educate, empower and to also affirm sovereignty and connectedness to identity and whenua (land).


  • Free


  • Thu 06 May


  • 5:00 pm


  • 13 Rose Road, Ponsonby
  • Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland