Two members of Boffa Miskell’s Te Hihiri team, Jade Wikaira and Norm Hill, are on the national committee of Papa Pounamu, a special interest group of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI).
The group focuses on the role of Māori and Pacific peoples in the New Zealand planning framework and the integration of Māori perspectives in resource management planning and decision-making. In 2016, Jade established the Wellington branch of the group and Norm has been appointed convenor of the Hamilton branch.
The main aims are to create awareness, stimulate dialogue and critical thinking on planning issues unique to iwi, hapū and whānau Māori. The desire is for future-focussed planning of issues to be embedded in the history of Aotearoa.
Recently, Norm has been working with the Secondary School Employer Partnerships programme and mentoring students in the Waikato Diocesan School for Girls’ design and visual communications class class (pictured above) on integrating the history and significant symbols of Waikato Tainui into the design of their new, modernised wharenui. Smart Waikato Trust profiled the project here: https://youtu.be/YpXpoB2dkGg
Over the last few months, Jade has been travelling around New Zealand delivering the NZPI Course – Planning for Māori Values: An Update – along with fellow Papa Pounamu committee member James Whetu. Their objective has been to deliver the courses to mana whenua so that the courses are relevant and specific to the needs, aspirations and established arrangements between local authorities and iwi.
1 November 2017