SESSION THEME | Voices - te ao Māori


Wednesday 1 April, 

Among spatial planning tools, place-based tools are developed to support indigenous communities in decolonising urban planning. In Aotearoa New Zealand, place-based tools can support the documentation and transference of local mātauranga Māori, ensuring that such learnings can be weaved into urban planning decisions. This paper presents two place-based tools currently being co-created with two Māori communities, Ngāi Tūāhuriri (Waimakariri) and Ngāti Whakaue (Rotorua). In Tuahiwi, Waimakariri, the place-based tool aims to assist Ngāi Tūāhuriri in documenting traditional and lived, place-based, narratives to guide the socio-economic regeneration of the village. In Ōhinemutu, Rotorua, the place-based tool also aims to support Ngāti Whakaue in preserving and enhancing local narratives, specifically related to ngāwha (hot springs) as a starting point to document socio-environmental narratives which should direct the urban regeneration strategy of the village. Narratives can include mythologies, collective histories passed throughout generations, and lived experiences of more recent times. These narratives can include written stories, songs, sayings, poems or art forms, with mātauranga Maori encoded within. The presentation of these narratives includes geographical information and a time scale, and can be accessed through multiple themes or knowledge guardians. Primarily, these geospatial tools aim to support Māori communities in urban regeneration processes, through spatial narratives connecting tangata and whenua, while offering a better understanding of such dynamics to planning authorities. Although the transferability and adaptability of the place-based tools to other places in Aotearoa requires further investigation, the co-creation methodology adopted and some of the

Presenters:  Maria Rita De Dionisio & Dean Walker

Co-Authors:  Angus Macfarlane, Simon Kingham, Hirini Matunga & Maarit Kahila-Tani

Lecturer of Human Geography, University of Canterbury

Rita is currently a lecturer at Te Kura Aronukurangi University of Canterbury. Rita's research is focused on collaborative planning, urban regeneration, and community resilience. Rita's  experience has been developed through projects focused on the social and environmental sustainability of neighbourhoods and cities, through engaged research. 

Research Associate, University of Canterbury

Dean is a Research Associate at the Geospatial Research Institute, University of Canterbury. Prior to this he worked as a resource management adviser in Nelson for over 20 years. Much of his work has been with iwi groups including the development of culturally-based environmental monitoring tools. In his current role he is working with Ngāti Whakaue in Rotorua and Ngāi Tūāhuriri in Waimakariri co-creating 'flax-roots' tools to enable community groups to be more engaged in the planning process.


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