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Weaving Māori design into the fabric of Auckland: A Q&A with Māori design leader Phil Wihongi

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Weaving Māori design into the fabric of Auckland: A Q&A with Māori design leader Phil Wihongi

Phil Wihongi is the Māori Design Leader at Auckland Council. Appointed in 2016 his role entails working with the Auckland Design Office, mana whenua and Māori design industry professionals to incorporate Māori design into the heart of the organisation and the fabric of Auckland. Here, Landscape Architecture Aotearoa's Lee Taylor has a chat about Māori design in public spaces, encouraging more people into the landscape architecture profession, and more.

Island time

The people of Samoa will be celebrating their next Independence Day on a new purpose-built event space in front of the Government building in Apia, built by New Zealand firm Beca. The Event Space and Clock Tower Boulevard projects located in downtown Apia will provide a ceremonial space and a pedestrian connection currently missing in the central waterfront area in the tourism-focused country, and is being partially funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme. The aim of the projects is to improve connection and the use of the waterfront for locals and visiting tourists by providing venues for events, and recreational and cultural experiences.

Designing the invisible

As our cities become denser, the role public space plays in thriving urban areas cannot be underestimated. That’s the message Wall Street Journal’s 2013 design innovator of the year and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects principal Thomas Woltz says – and he believes Auckland, our densest city, is doing an extraordinary job of it.