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Fast Forward lecture series – Autumn 2021

Transcolonisation: Imagining the future built environment of Aotearoa NZ.

This lecture series is culturated by Professor Anthony Hoete and fast forwards Aotearoa from the time of Te Ao Māori Tawhito to a place of: Transcolonisation. We will ask our presenters, who are effectively indigenous researchers, to reveal how mātauranga and tikanga, that is Māori knowledge and an indigenous way of doing things, can positively transform society.

How can the ritual of pōwhiri whereby Māori greet their whare tipuna, or ancestral houses, by talking to them directly propel a narrative architecture such that the stories, secrets, and myths that lie within buildings create a ‘sense of place’? If recent laws have been passed in Aotearoa that offer legal personality to natural features (regions, rivers, and mountains) that are important for Māori, then why afford the same value to whare tipuna? Or other buildings which we hold dearest? How has the effect of colonisation transformed traditional Māori art from a supposed practical and spiritual purpose to its contemporary manifestation as being innately political? How are the resulting artworks, many of which are hybridised, challenging identity and how might this reconfiguration stimulate our cities and built environment to aspire to look less quasi-colonial and feel more ‘sites pacific’? To embrace those with Polynesia and South East Asian origins? And shelter is only one-half of our primordial concerns – what about food? How might indigenous knowledge and ways transform how we grow, what we eat, and where we eat in the modern city? If mātauranga offers insight into foods, plants, forests, building materials, and other resources how can this deep understanding of the natural world recentralise taiao, the earth, sky, and the air, to rejuvenate better management of the environment? Trans/colonisation is the transformative indigenous project. 

About Fast Forward

Fast Forward is the School of Architecture and Planning’s biannual lecture series. It aims to foster debate, discussion and development within the disciplines of architecture, urban design and urban planning. A well-known and respected event in the community, Fast Forward is generously sponsored by GIB® and supported by Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects. 10 NZRAB CPD points are available at each lecture.

Fast Forward is made possible through the generous support of GIB®

Webinar Four – Maunga, mana and money: Visions on the emerging transcolonised environment.

Wednesday 16 June, 6.30pm

In 1990 one could drive up Mount Eden and One Tree Hill had a lone pine on it. The Tūpuna Maunga Authority o Tāmaki Makaurau (statutory co-governance entity) recognises these ancestral mountains for their paramount place in the historical, spiritual, ancestral and cultural identity of the thirteen iwi and hapū of Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau.

This search for indigenous identity is also being pursued by Eke Panuku, the property arm of Auckland Council, which has a major role in making Auckland look and feel more Māori. And in another emerging vision, the first large-scale Māori direct investment fund Te Puia Tāpapa has been formed out of 26 iwi entities. This fund seeks longer-term investments rather than the shorter 5 year timeframe typical of private equity and allows iwi to invest in places it otherwise could not.

About the speaker

Paul Majurey:

Paul Majurey (Ngāti Maru/Marutūahu) is the Chair of the three boards that are the focus of this webinar: The Tūpuna Maunga Authority o Tāmaki Makurau, Eke Panuku and Te Puia Tāpapa. Stuff called him a ‘modern day Te Rauparaha fighting for his people’.

Paul has extensive governance experience, especially in the areas of taonga (whenua & moana), social & affordable housing/urban regeneration and impact investment. He chairs various statutory entities and companies, and is a director on many company boards. He also chaired three iwi/hapū collectives, comprising some 30 tribes.

Paul has served on several Ministerial RMA technical advisory groups and is a co-author of the leading environmental law textbook.

Paul is also a nationally recognised Treaty and environmental lawyer. He has appeared as senior counsel before the Privy Council, Supreme Court and specialist environmental and Treaty courts.

Headshot of Paul Majurey sitting on a chair

Keep an eye on this website for information about the Fast Forward – Autumn 2021 series of talks!


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Header image of the three taiaha is courtesy of Anthony Hoete.