Engaging with Māori - Decolonising the professions Aotearoa, New Zealand

PROJECT OVERVIEW: Te Whaihanga is the name gifted to the project to better prepare built environment professionals to work with Māori. Built environment professionals include planners, engineers, architects and landscape architects. Hundreds of students graduate each year from professional programmes in New Zealand and all need to be able to understand and engage effectively with Māori values. The aim of the resources is to support the long term de-colonisation of the professions and this means increasing the capacity and capability of built environment students and professionals to develop positive long term working relationships with Māori; and as a result give practical effect to Te Tiriti / Treaty of Waitangi and Māori aspirations. The project started as a collaboration between the tertiary funding body, Ako Aotearoa, Universities teaching built environment programs, employers such as Auckland Council, Māori community representatives and professional institutes. The Te Whaihanga resources are made up of multi-media materials; video scenarios, reflective tools, reading and links to further materials. All are available on line through open commons.

CATEGORY: Education SETTING: Urban STATUS: On-going

BY: University of Auckland and Ako Aotearoa

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: This kaupapa (project) has been steered and shaped by Māori. Key Kaitautoko (sponsors) include: Tame Te Rangi; Thomas Te Thierry; Tipa Mahuta. Te Hana Te Ao Marama Community Development Trust has provided a resource for learning. The test of the kaupapa will be how built environment professionals engage with Māori in the future and the extent to which Māori aspirations are met.

PARTNERS: Main collaborator and funder: Ako Aotearoa – National Centre for Tertiary Teaching; Excellence. Main industry partner: Auckland Council – Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau. Tertiary partners: University of Auckland – Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau (lead partner); Auckland University of Technology – Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau; Lincoln University – Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki; Unitec Institute of Technology – Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka; Victoria University of Wellington – Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui. Industry partners: Engineering New Zealand – Te Ao Rangahau (previously known as Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand); Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research; Ngā Aho Māori Designers’ Network; New Zealand Institute of Architects; New Zealand Planning Institute – Te Kōkiringa Taumata and Papa Pounamu; New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects – Tuia; Pito Ora.




Te Whaihanga – Preparing students to work with Māori

VIDEO: Te Whaihanga engagement video