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How Rangitahi is planting a new seed of urban development in the heart of Raglan

Urban Architecture

How Rangitahi is planting a new seed of urban development in the heart of Raglan

Twenty years ago the Peacocke family bought a 117-hectare sized piece of land tucked inside the Raglan Harbour, situated five minutes from the local township, and home to a healthy dose of native bush, wildlife, and surrounding beaches. It boasts one of the largest - and most influential - sections in the region, which has turned a large provincial farm, into one of the most significant urban development schemes in Raglan. The development project, named Rangitahi, sees the land subdivided into residential lots and zoned for commercial, community and residential development. Its plan hopes to seed population growth, job creation, and environmental prosperity into the local community. We speak with Sophie Peacocke, head of the marketing and sales team and a member of the Peacocke family, who are collectively running the co-operative operation from their property on the Raglan peninsula.

Cultural preservation

Realityvirtual’s Simon Che de Boer recently had a hand in documenting one of the world’s most ancient civilisations in VR. And now, he’s keen to get to work on his passion project: local cultural preservation work of the Christchurch Cathedral. He wants to resurrect the old Cathedral in VR using publicly sourced photography, so is putting out a call to the public to submit any photos or videos they have of the building pre-earthquake, and using deep learning, a company can fill in the missing data and build a VR experience around this.


Dan Heyworth is the CEO and founder of Box, the only combined registered architectural practice and registered master builder in New Zealand. Here, he outlines why despite advances forward in 3D printed housing, a shake up to the construction sector isn't imminent – yet. He also explains how the role of architects is changing, and construction companies are now leading the way in innovation.

Take it to the streets

Public art has long been a poster of social, cultural and political context to communities. From pou (wooden poles) and Māori carving, to Banksy’s subversive graffiti and epigrams; and more recently Daniel Webb’s mural of 4,490 collected plastic pieces at Dreamland in Margate. The influence of public art has reshaped cities, from the movement in New York City from the late 1980’s, to the distinctive work originated out of Wellington’s Sculpture Trust. And one stand out looking to change culture and enforce public art into New Zealand is Matt Liggins the artist behind ‘The Real Pyramid Schemer’ - an interactive wooden temple structure, perched in cities across New Zealand that supplies free art to the people. Idealog meets up with the man tucked inside the temple, who is giving capitalism the middle finger, and is building public art from the bottom up.

Street art

When given the choice between a bit of scrawled graffiti and a thoughtfully crafted art piece, it's a no brainer that broadband company Chorus is choosing the latter. More than 200 of its cabinets across New Zealand have been used as a canvas by local artists, brightening up their urban surroundings and dramatically reducing the amount of graffiti being done.

Lighting the way

LandLAB director Henry Crothers is a man whose name has become synonymous with urban renewal in New Zealand. He has been involved in some of the most significant urban renewal and public transformation projects in New Zealand including the Auckland City Centre streetscapes and 'shared space' programme, as well as the pink light path. In a video profile series by Landscape Architecture New Zealand, he explains what drives him and how he believes the role of a landscape architect is changing.