Of Māori (Ngāti Hau/Ngapuhi, Te Arawa, Te Whakatōhea) and Dutch descent, I was raised on an eco-community in the Northern Rivers region of NSW Australia. I received a Bachelor of Architectural Design from the University of Queensland in 2009 and have recently completed a Masters degree in Architecture at UNITEC Institute of Technology. My thesis by design (completed in 2015) examined papakāinga as a model for the cultural, social, economic and environmental regeneration of communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. Professionally, I have an interest in working directly with Māori land trusts and other Māori groups to realise their aspirations, particularly in the area of papakāinga housing and marae development, and in working with mana whenua groups to express their cultural values and narratives through the design of our urban environments and cultural & civic buildings. I have recently started working as an Architectural Graduate at designTRIBE Architects, a kaupapa Māori architectural practice.
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- Ngahere Kauta