Architectural & Urban Designer at Matakohe Architecture + Urbanism
I am an architectural and urban designer, writer and housing advocate. I lead a small team at Matakohe Architecture and Urbanism, a kaupapa Māori design studio that works with Māori organisations on their marae, papakāinga and civic projects, and with mana whenua groups to express their cultural values and narratives through the design of their physical environments. With a studio in Whangārei, Matakohe are currently working on a range of projects across Te Tai Tokerau, from Kaitaia through to Tāmaki Makaurau, including papakāinga (and papakāinga-style developments on general land) and land use plans for whenua Māori, marae and other community facilities, and supporting and facilitating hapū-led integration of cultural narratives, values and aspirations within public space, civic, commercial, education and heritage projects. Matakohe clients include Māori land trusts and incorporations, marae, iwi entities, churches, not-for-profit organisations, local government, and central government agencies.
I am also an active member of my primary hapū of Ngāti Hau and Te Parawhau, and am part of a team of volunteer hapū technical kaimahi rōpū working on urban planning and resource management issues within Whangārei rohe. My contribution includes drafting submissions and providing technical advice; and advocating for, supporting and facilitating hapū involvement and engagement on planning, policy and projects within Whangārei rohe.