Architectural Graduate at Warren and Mahoney’s Auckland studio, Amber Ruckes, has been appointed the first official person in the role of Kaiurungi for Architecture + Women New Zealand.
Kaiurungi can be translated to English as an ocean steerer, a guide for Architecture + Women NZ in their process of finding their feet and their place in Te Ao Maori.
Amber’s poetic description is of Kaiurungi as a gentle helmsman, “particularly with Aotearoa being the land that connects two bodies of water. The relationship between water and land from a Pacific lens, and arrival.
“This is a role I have inherited from the values and work that already existed within Architecture + Women from the likes of people such Lynda Simmons, Divya Purushotham, and Elisapeta Heta (who stepped down earlier this year)”, says Amber.
This will, I hope, foster support and ongoing growth of Te Ao Maori with Architecture + Women. This is not an ‘indigenous ticking’ role - A+W are actively moving away from that notion. For me, this role allows me to pass on the knowledge I have gained through life experiences, while making connections and learning from other individuals and the various community groups within Tamaki area that they belong to. For the A + W roopu, I hope to support the group as they navigate Te Ao Maori, and the responsibility that comes with it.”
As an architectural graduate at Warren and Mahoney's Auckland studio, Amber provides and promotes respect through design.
"Respect comes in many forms and having opportunity to safely explore how the various facets of Te Ao Maori can be engaged within a contemporary setting, will undoubtedly inform my ongoing professional development. Warren and Mahoney has been really supportive of me taking on this role and other external opportunities."
Congratulations to Amber on this exciting opportunity.