May 10, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Maori Sick of being an Architectural Afterthought

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A leading Maori artist says Maori are sick of being an afterthought when public buildings are planned.

Judging of a design competition for the redevelopment of Queens Wharf has been deferred because city leaders were unhappy with the entrants.

That could open the door for Ngati Whatua ki Orakei, which criticised the process because it did not specify Maori or Pacific involvement.

Derek Lardelli, whose work in the new Gisborne Maori Land Court helped architects Nicholl Blackburne win a regional architecture award, says getting involved early makes a difference to the quality of the final product.

We’re so strong at giving the afterthought that people wake up to it, so now were starting to say you need to get Maori involved at the beginning, not the end, because theyve had enough of being an afterthought. They need to be heard in the beginning because they are the point of identity. When you travel internationally, its the indigineity of our culture that stands out, says Mr Lardelli, from Ngati Porou and Rongowhakaata.

Source: Waatea News

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