Christchurch Conversations: Indigenous Identity, Design and the City

Around the globe indigenous designers are working more and more in the design of urban and other places. This is true in Ōtautahi/Christchurch where Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tūāhuiriri have been working with the city and the Crown on the rebuild of our city.

Join us at our first Christchurch Conversations event for 2018. This series brings relevant, interesting, and internationally renowned civic experts to Christchurch to inspire and challenge us.

Thursday 1 March 2018
6:00 – 7.30pm
The Piano, 156 Armagh Street


At this panel discussion learn more about indigenous design, and how it relates to us in Christchurch. You’ll hear established and emerging indigenous voices from Canada, Australia and Aotearoa/NZ explore the intersection of cities, design and indigeneity. What is indigenous design? Why are indigenous values becoming more significant in building our urban futures? Why does it matter how indigenous people are involved in designing places and spaces?

The panellists for the evening are:

Patrick Stewart, Canada (Nisga’a) Architect, Patrick R. Stewart Architect

Dr Stewart’s name in Nisga’a is Luugigyoo. He has a PhD from the University of British Columbia and a MArch from McGill University and, most recently, was made Associate Professor at the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University. He is chair of the Indigenous Task Force of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and chair of the Provincial Aboriginal Homelessness Committee in British Columbia on Canada’s west coast. He has continued his architectural practice since 1995.

Debbie Tikao, Aotearoa/NZ (Cherokee, Pākehā) General Manager, Matapopore Charitable Trust, Registered NZILA Landscape Architect

Debbie is a landscape architect with 20 years’ experience in ecological, commercial and public realm design and delivery. She is currently a panellist on the Urban Design Panel for Christchurch City Council. Her expertise in design and delivery of large-scale projects, as well as her experience working at rūnanga level on a wide range of environmental issues impacting on cultural values underpins the support and guidance she provides to the Matapopore team. Within her role as the general manager for the Matapopore Charitable Trust, she demonstrates how indigenous values and traditional knowledge can be expressed within the built environment.

Linda Kennedy, Australia (Yuin) Architectural Designer and Design Activist, Future Black

Linda Kennedy is a Yuin woman from the South Coast of NSW, Australia. She is an architectural designer and design activist with a focus on decolonisation. Her independent design studio, Future Black, was established in 2017 as a development of her blog Future-Black.com – Decolonising Design in the Built Environment.  

Elisapeta Heta, Aotearoa/NZ (Ngātiwai, Waikato) Architectural Graduate, Kaihautū Whaihanga, Jasmax

Elisapeta Hinemoa Heta is an architectural graduate and Kaihautū Whaihanga (Māori Design Leader) at Jasmax. She has been a university tutor, an artist, a singer, a writer, a sound designer, festival project manager, a part time researcher and critic. As a perpetual student, Elisapeta has studied towards a Master of Architecture (prof.) degree, and recently completed a Master of Literature degree (Museums and Cultural Heritage). As of 2016, Elisapeta was the youngest person to be co-opted to the NZIA Council, to represent Ngā Aho; she also holds a position on the Ngā Aho Komiti Whakahaere (Executive Committee), and is the co-chair of Architecture + Women NZ.

Te Ari Prendergast, Aotearoa/NZ (Ngāi Tahu, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) Whaihanga Hoahoa, TOA Architects

He uri no Te Whanau a Apanui me Kai Tahu. I strive to enhance our sense of place, identity and relationship to others through the physical spaces we inhabit.

As a Whaihanga Hoahoa at TOA Architects, Te Ari specialises in realising Iwi aspirations for education, housing and health, delivering authentic and culturally appropriate design outcomes consistent with their values.

The panel discussion is being chaired by:

Rau Hoskins, Aotearoa/NZ (Ngāti Hau, Ngāpuhi) Director, Design TRIBE Architects

As a practitioner working in the field of Māori architecture and landscape design, Rau brings a rare combination of kaupapa Māori design skills, heritage knowledge and significant experience to urban and educational design. He is a founding director of design TRIBE architects, which specialises in Māori architecture, and has been an Auckland Council urban design panel member since 2012, applying Te Aranga Māori design principles – which he co-developed – to a range of high profile urban projects. In 2014 Rau was part of the team that designed the inaugural New Zealand exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

The Christchurch Conversations programme is presented by Christchurch City Council in partnership with Te Pūtahi – Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making. The programme is sponsored by Resene. This event is presented in association with Ngā Aho’s Nā te Kore | From the Void 2nd Biennial International Indigenous Design Forum and Matapopore and support from The Warren Trust.  

Date: February 05, 2018