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September 9, 2019

“The project’s vision is much greater than bricks and mortar.” Victoria University seeks to construct ‘the living pā’ on its Kelburn campus, through redeveloping the space between 42 Kelburn Parade and 50 Kelburn Parade.    It draws on the seven petals of the US architectural framework ‘living building challenge’, which are: place, water, energy, health […]

September 9, 2019

There’s a woman that may come by now and again, a dark, gloomy, haunting figure—mysterious beyond words, but at the same time incredibly attractive. Her presence is often created by an emotional pull, a trigger that shoots a sharp lightning bolt through our tinana. The voltage weaves through every network, vein and tissue, setting off […]

April 8, 2019

A lecturer once said to the students in my course that “you don’t have to be feeling the grass” in order to start caring about the environment. I think what they were implying was that you don’t have to be free-spirited, bush-oriented, or embody the life of a ‘hippie’ in order to start caring about […]

February 25, 2019

“Whaia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei”     Kia ora e te whānau and welcome to our university: Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui.   This new and unfamiliar wāhi that you have arrived at will soon become your home, just as it has […]

September 10, 2018

It often seems that an indigenous perspective embodies a ‘greater purpose’ or meaning towards its view of the world and the way things are experienced and interpreted. In many instances this is true because in numerous ways indigenous people express a value for all things beyond what is purely obvious or ordinary, but instead from […]

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