​As the population of Auckland grows over the next thirty years this will result in changes to our existing neighbourhoods and the creation of new places to live, work and play. Indeed, design becomes more critical as the development intensifies.

Design can be used a positive tool to aid this development and help us achieve great buildings and places that are recognisably part of Auckland, and not necessarily a carbon copy of Sydney, Melbourne or elsewhere.

To do this we collectively need to gain a better understanding about Auckland's different contexts and characters. 

The Ministry for the Environment defined character as "the distinctive identity of a particular place that results from the interaction of many factors, including built form, people, activity and history" (MfE 2005:2). For Auckland, part of this identity comes from the narratives of mana whenua and we have worked with them to develop a draft set of Te Aranga Māori Design Principles. These provide a clear process outlining how we can all positively engage with mana whenua and shape our built environment to acknowledge our position as a city in the South Pacific.

Māori culture and identity highlights Aotearoa New Zealand's point of difference in the world and offers up significant design opportunities that can benefit us all.  The Te Aranga Māori Design Principles are a set of outcome-based principles founded on intrinsic Māori cultural values and designed to provide practical guidance for enhancing outcomes for the design environment. The principles have arisen from a widely held desire to enhance mana whenua  presence, visibility and participation in the design of the physical realm.​
Ma te kōrero ka mōhio
Ma te mōhio ka mārama
Ma te mārama ka mātau
Ma te mātau ka ora ai tātou

Through discussion comes awareness
Through awareness comes understanding
Through understanding comes wisdom
Through wisdom comes wellbeing for all
E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā kārangaranga maha, tēnā koutou. Te hunga mate kua wehe atu ki te pō, haere, haere, haere atu rā. Ko tātou rā ēnei ngā mahuetanga iho e whakakaha nei ki te pupuri, ki te hāpai i ngā taonga tuku iho mai i a rātou mā; ngā mātua, tūpuna, na reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. 
Mauri ora!
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