Ko Whare Timu tōku ingoa (My name is Whare Timu)
He mokopuna nā Te Huhuti, nāna i kau i tāna tau ā Te Whatuiāpiti (I am a grandchild of Te Huhuti, she who swam to her love, Te Whatuiāpiti)
Arā, Nō Kahungunu te iwi ahau (Therefore, I am a descendent of the tribe Kahungunu)
Whare is a senior design lead and cultural advisor with over 15 years experience across a range of sectors in the built environment. He leads Warren and Mahoney’s Advanced Indigenous Design Unit – Te Matakīrea, dedicated to empowering indigenous architecture in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.
Whare has a deep understanding of tikanga Māori (custom and protocol) and is practiced in whaikōrero (oratory) and kapa haka (performance). His experience comes from a diverse range of projects and developments, including papakāinga (intergenerational housing), large scale typology housing, cultural-driven public architecture, and infrastructure. His capability in highlighting cultural impact with our partners and clients enables him to undertake specific roles as cultural advisor and stakeholder design manager, creating mutual outcomes and objectives for the benefit of all our partnerships.
Whare is passionate about sustainable design as an extension of Te Ao Māori and is a strong advocate for low impact and natural materials.