As an Auckland Youth panel member, I will use this opportunity as a platform to motivate and inspire youth. I am tired of listening to people say things based on assumptions on what youth want! When we don’t even have a seat at the decision-making tables. If we want to develop co-leadership and encourage co-design we need to COLLABORATE first and foremost. This is our chance,
I am currently working on a dissertation which discusses how wa kainga typology can contribute to medium density housing through the lens of Te Ao Maori, Te Aranga, Kaupapa Maori, and Matauranga Maori.
This aims to address several societal issues around homelessness, overcrowding, displaced communities and affordable housing. It strives to create a shift in systems and models to move from Eurocentric ideology to whanau centric models. By understanding this kaupapa and thinking about how we can embed these hybrid systems into our cities through different approaches and re-imagining the faces of our communities and places we live in.
I will be working with Housing First and the homeless community to discuss the current conditions and issues they face every day and how they can have an input into developing better housing models and communities.
I’m currently working as a Maori researcher under the National Science Challenge in Glenn Innes where my interests are in working with the sociaLab platform out there to support the youth and help them change the face of their place in regards to this “urban regeneration” going on. Whether this is through co-design in activation of spaces or policy advocacy.
I will also be running co-design workshops in high schools as a part of my research to advocate for the lack rangatahi voice at the decision-making tables. With such a high youth population in Auckland, how can youth be involved and included in shaping the places we live in? From community levels right through to governance.
I have recently just returned from overseas where I was traveling around Canada and America on an Indigenous Housing Tour with Nga Aho and Te Matapihi.
The main event of this trip was the RAIC Festival of Architecture – International Indigenous Design Symposium which was held in Ottawa on the 19th May 2017.
I was given the opportunity to be a guest speaker. It had been one of the most amazing experiences thus far. To be in front of many students and professionals was overwhelming. To be the youngest on that platform was very empowering. To stand there and have a voice and speak with freedom about my passion, knowledge, and experiences. The response was very humbling as I continue my journey as a young Maori woman, leader, and designer.
Continue to stay woke.