So yesterday I had my final exam for my degree!!!!! Pretty much finished now apart from grad show so thats exciting 🙂 On reflection of my three years at Unitec, I must say its been a huge learning experience. I have met life long friends, have a much larger understanding of the world that we live in and most importantly have learnt a lot about who I am.
Being Maori I believe has been a huge advantage during architecture school as it is my point of difference. The fusion of Maori culture and architecture is becoming more and more apparent in NZ contemporary design and it is intriguing to imagine where it will go in the future.
So what now??
Not masters yet thats for sure! But I had planned on doing a certificate in te reo maori, however it turns out to be a very popular pathway and hence I have missed out the opportunity to study at my chosen institution. So a plan B is in order and I’ll admit at this stage I’m unsure as to what that looks like but am I overly worried? No way! I believe I now know who I am now and who I want to be in the future and that excites me more than anything!!
Its been a long time since I’ve written anything because I’ve been so busy working on my studio project so I thought it was about time I posted. I thought I’d share a poem I wrote for my final studio project. The project focused on poetry and the bigger voice that speaks both within us and around us. I based my project on the whakatauki “Whatungarongaro te tangata, toi tu te whenua”. Translation – “As man disappears, the land still remains”. Will probably post some photos or drawings and explain my concept further later on but for now here’s the poem :
This year in Maori Studio, we were asked to design a nano whare for actor Manu Bennett. He wanted to produce several to form a collection of whare that would effectively create a papakainga environment located on his land on Waiheke Island.
After coming up with individual concepts initially, we were put into groups with like minded classmates and combined our ideas to create a final concept together which we then presented to the client, Manu. My groups design was selected and then simplified to meet the budget and construction restraints.
These photos are of my initial design (the brown ones) and my groups final design (the white ones) both done on Sketch Up.
Check out this programme called Whare Taonga on Maori Television that tells the story of our most treasured buildings. The whole series is in te reo maori and delves into the spirituality and mauri of the construction and finish of each building. Check it out!!
Earlier this year I was involved in a programme called The Roots run by two architecture graduates Waikare Komene and Martin Leung-Wai. The aim was to get maori and pacific island students from South Auckland thinking about following an architectural career path. The students were split into groups and had mentors who were young grads or post grad students. The four groups were given 2000 plastic bottles each and were asked to design and build a pavilion using the bottles in the Otara town centre. It was an amazing weekend and incredibly inspirational.