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Navigating Better Māori Design Integration within our Built Environment

Unmissable Keynotes

Debbie Tikao and Huia Reriti will take us through a must-attend kōrero and journey with the Matapopore Charitable Trust – sensitively weaving the cultural design integration process with an array of emotive stakeholders and artists into better rebuild outcomes for Canterbury post earthquakes.

The Matapopore Charitable Trust was established by Ngāi Tūāhuriri to work with Ōtākaro Ltd, Regenerate Christchurch and Christchurch City Council (CCC) to provide cultural advice on Ngāi Tūāhuriri /Ngāi Tahu values, narratives and aspirations, and to weave these into the fabric of the anchor projects and other projects associated with the recovery of greater Christchurch. Ngāi Tūāhuriri is the local Ngāi Tahu sub-tribe (hapū) that holds mana whenua (traditional rights and responsibilities) over the Christchurch CBD.

Continuing at the cutting edge of cultural design integration, Debbie Tikao will also share a Q&A with the audience on recent developments with respect to the built environment industry that aim to assist a new generation of architects, designers and builders to better partner with iwi / hapū to achieve outcomes which reflect our dual histories and world views.

Peter Townsend from Townsend Architects will generously mediate this highly anticipated session.


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Huia Reriti (NZIA) - Director, Map Architecture

Huia left high school to study architecture at Christchurch Polytechnic in 1981. After graduating he worked for the first Māori Architect in New Zealand, William Taurau Royal as a technician. Encouraged to study further by his mother, the late Dame Aroha Hohipera Reriti-Crofts DNZM CBE, he attended University of Auckland graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Architecture. During student breaks he stayed in Auckland and worked at Bossley Cheshire Architects Ltd. Upon leaving Auckland following the birth of his son he headed home to the office of Sir Frederick Miles Warren ONZ KBE FNZIA. He spent 12 years at Warren and Mahoney learning how to be an Architect supporting Kerry Mason (FNZIA) and Thom Craig (FNZIA) and then they left to form Modern Architecture Partners Ltd in 2001 and then +MAP Architects in 2006. Simon Elvidge (ANZIA) joined Huia as a Director of +MAP and together the office has been in business for 22 years.

Huia has recently become an author writing a chapter for ‘Shifting Foundations, Post-quake architecture of Ōtautahi’: Freerange Press, as he was a Trustee for the Matapopore Charitable Trust. The trust was mandated by his Runanga, Ngai Tuahuriri, to,provide cultural advice on the Christchurch Anchor Projects following the 2010-2011 earthquakes.

He also spends time critiquing 3rd students mid year projects for the Bachelor Studies at ARA. '

He is currently a 2023 NZIA Canterbury Branch committee member

He believes his more personal architectural achievements would be the 2 marae +MAP designed on behalf of his Poua (grandfather) and Taua (grandmother) on their respective marae, namely the Arahura marae at Hokitika for Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae; and closer to home, the Tuahiwi marae north of Christchurch for Te Ngai Tuahuriri Runanga.

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Debbie Tikao

Debbie Tikau (NZILA) - Director, Tipu Design

Tēnei a mihi e rere atu nā ki a koutou katoa.

He Kaihoahoa Whenua (Landscape Architect), He Pouārahi Tikanga Taiao mō Te Rūnanga o Ōnuku aku tūranga i te wā nei.

Heoi anō rā, nō Ngāti Pākehā me te iwi Cherokee o Amerika ahau.

Ko Debbie Tikao taku ingoa.

No reira, tēnā anō tātou katoa.


Debbie Tikao is the director of Tipu Design – Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Ltd and the manager of te Taiao Portfolio for Ōnuku Rūnanga. She is a panellist on the Christchurch City Council Urban Design panel and over the past 8 years was the General Manager of Matapopore. During this time Debbie worked closely with local and central government to ensure post-earthquake Christchurch embedded the values and stories of Mana Whenua and emerges as a 21st-century city rich with meaning and character that expresses dual histories and treaty partnership.

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