Te Whaihanga – Preparing students to work with Māori
About the project
Students in planning, architecture,engineering and landscape need to learn why and how it is important to engage effectively with Māori. Built environment professionals effect change to the spaces and places in which communities live. Research to date has identified a dearth of relevant material and change has been slow as a result. Building on seed funding from the University of Auckland’s Te Whare Kura initiative, this project involves employers, professional institutes, community developers, Māori professional associations, key Māori staff in local authorities, students and staff, and looks to improve the way new entrants are taught.
This project aims are to:
- develop online video and supporting material for teaching and learning in the Planning, Architecture, Engineering and Landscape disciplines; and
- prepare student professionals, both Maori and non-Māori to capably work with Māori.
Design / Methodology
A mixed mode method will be used and the design of the project will be participative and inclusive involving both the collaborators and industry partners. We will make use of a range of information gathering approaches including: literature reviews, interviews, group discussions, and observations.
The vision of this project is to ensure that future generations of planners, architects and engineers are better prepared to work with Māori professionals, iwi representatives and community and papakāinga developers in their day-to-day work.
By the end of the 2 year project we will have created a set of learning materials, for use with built environment student professionals in the planning, architecture and engineering fields in particular. The materials will be available to share with the sector and will include:
- At least 4 x 5 minute videos illustrating common situations
- Resources that will enable staff to assess learning situations
- Resources to support students to reflect on their learning.
- Project officially launched March 2016
- Research assistants Vincent Malcolm Buchannan (Engineering) and Biddy Livesey (Planning) appointed
- Ethics approval granted for 2016 interviews and hui
- Ethics approval achieved to enable UoA to administer the learning assessment tool with students in the partner instituions AUT, UNITEC and Victoria using survey monkey
- Development of teaching and leanring materials
- International seminar by Dr. Janice Barry from University of Manitoba
- Presentations at the NZPI annual conference and Ngā Aho
Auckland Council is a financial partner in developing and producing the teaching resources. A number of staff with expertise in building Te Tiriti capability, Māori responsive and engagement in local government will be contributing to the outcomes of this project.
Goals for 2017-2018 include:
- The production of the 4 video clips by Takitini Productions
- Developing the teaching and learning training session
- Using the learning assessment survey monkey tool with students in all partner institutions
- Trialing the teaching and learning material
- Monitoring outcomes
- Professor Dory Reeves (Project Contact Leader), University of Auckland
- Lena Henry, (Deputy PI) University of Auckland and Ngā Aho
- Professor John Tookey, Auckland University of Technology
- Derek Renata Kawiti, Victoria University of Wellington
- Dr. Barbara Kensington-Miller, University of Auckland
- Rau Hoskins, Unitec Institute of Technology and Ngā Aho
- Lena Henry, University of Auckland and Ngā Aho
- Dr Te Kipa Kepa Morgan, Ngatimakino
- Professor Andrew Barrie, University of Auckland
- Nicola Naismith, Auckland University of Technology
- Fei Ying, Auckland University of Technology
- James Rotimi, Auckland University of Technology
- Dave Moor, Auckland University of Technology
- Jacky Bartley, Papa Pounamu
- Neil Challenger, Whenua Design and The New Zealand Institute of Architects
- Diane Menzies, Ngā Aho and The New Zealand Institute of Architects
- Christine McCarthy, University of Victoria
- Professor Alison Phipps, Glasgow University
Members of the partner institutions and collaborating industry partners at the launch on 16 March 2016.
Left to right: Dr Marion Blumenstein, Dr Te Kipa Kepa Morgan, Associate Professor Julia Gatley, Dr Barbara Kensington Miller, Dr Vincent Malcolm Buchanan, Penny Pirrit, Rhonda Thomson, Professor Dory Reeves, Professor Andrew Barrie, James Te Rito, Lecturer Lena Henry, Folko Boermans, Dr Susan Carter, Helen Te Hira, Lecturer Rau Hoskins, Lecturer Lara Tookey, Professor John Tookey, Daniel Haines.
Project reference group
- New Zealand Planning Institute
- The New Zealand Institute of Architects
- Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand
- New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects
- Auckland Council
- Landcare Research / Manaaki Whenua
- Te Hana Te Ao Marama Community Development Trust
Ako Aotearoa: $150,000 (excl. GST)
Organisations: $150,000 (excl. GST)
Project commenced: Start 2015
Launch: early 2016
Expected project completion: November 2018
The report from this project is published under the Creative Commons 3.0 New Zealand Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike Licence (BY-NC-SA). Under this licence you are free to copy, distribute, display and perform the work as well as to remix, tweak, and build upon this work noncommercially, as long as you credit the author/s and license your new creations under the identical terms.