Te Matakīrea - The Advanced Māori Design Unit

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Mā te rongo, ka mōhio; Mā te mōhio, ka mārama; Mā te mārama, ka mātau; Mā te mātau, ka ora.

Through resonance comes cognisance; through cognisance comes understanding; through understanding comes knowledge; through knowledge comes life and well-being.

Ka marama mātou o Warren me Mahoney ko Te Ao Māori te tūāpapa o te hoahoatanga tuakiri o Aotearoa, i tēna wā, i tēnei wā, a tērā wā ka heke mai. 

Mai ēnei whakaaro, i whakatū te rangapū, he kapa mātanga arōtahi, i ārahi mai ētahi kaihoahoa Māori ahunga hou, hei whakaahu whakamua.           

Ko te ingoa o taua kapa, ko ‘Te Matakīrea’, te Rōpu Whakaahua aua mai Māori rānei, ko te whainga matua, hei whakatōmene i ngā kōwhiringa hoahoatanga, i ngā hounui hou, engari kua taunga kē i Te Ao Māori.  

Ahakoa i whakatū a Warren me Mahoney i ngā tau e ono tēkau kūa pahuri, i mahi tahi auau tonu i ngā iwi Māori me ētahi atu o ngā rōpu Māori hoki, ko Te Matakīrea me ngā mahi i tohua mai, he huarahi mumura hou mo te rangapū.   

Ko Te Matakīrea he waka mō te tangongitanga me i whakakī hoki i ai onā huānga, he momo whakatūnga a roto i te rangapū, hei whakahua ngā whakaaro mē ngā uara Māori i roto i ngā tikanga o ngā hinotanga mai i te rā tūatahi. 

Ko tēnei whakatakanga he tohu mo ‘ngā ara painga o ngā Ao e rua’, a, ka tukuna mai tō mātou kiritaki ngā āheitanga ki tētahi kapa mātanga arōtahi ai, he tohungatanga, he mātanga, me he tū tohutanga hoki, e whakahuanga ana i ngā whakaahua whakaharara a tātou o Warren me Mahoney me ngā rauemi hangarau ki te whakapuakina rerekē.  

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Warren and Mahoney understands that the Māori cultural dimension is central to New Zealand’s architectural identity; past, present and future.  With this in mind the practice has established a specialist team, led by a new generation of Māori architects, to explore our country’s deepest cultural underpinnings.

This team is known as ‘Te Matakīrea’, or the Advanced Māori Design Unit, and its principal goal is to explore architectural opportunities that are ambitious, modern and yet thoroughly grounded in the Māori world. 

While Warren and Mahoney has worked regularly with iwi and other Māori organisations over its 60+ years of existence, Te Matakīrea and the work it does represents a bold new direction for the practice. 

Te Matakīrea is a vehicle for innovation and its members fulfil a variety of roles within the practice, ensuring that Māori values and ideas are embedded within projects from day one.   

This initiative represents a ‘best of both worlds’ approach, giving our clients access to a team with focused expertise, experience and sensitivity, while leveraging Warren and Mahoney’s unparalleled design and technical resources to deliver exceptional outcomes.