On the morning of 22 February 2011, the whenua (earth) of Ōtautahi/Christchurch shook with a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that forever changed the city. What lay in the wake of this devastation was a city beset by both human loss, as well as the physical void of empty spaces, vacant lots and scenes reminiscent of a warzone.
However, what this also created was a unique opportunity for both mana whenua and the wider community to reflect, rebuild and reset.
In March 2018, both Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāti Wheke will play host to Ngā Aho and welcome manuhiri to Maahunui Marae, Tuahiwi as well as Wheke Marae, Rāpaki, for a truly unique event for all who work, live and are inspired by the indigenous design field.
Nā Te Kore | From the Void 2018 aims to build on the successful foundations of I Te Timatanga | In the Beginning 2016 as well as the Ōtautahi Revealed Symposium 2012 by expanding the horizons and showing how a new light can emerge even from the darkest of voids.
Place & Culture
Tuahiwi lies 20 minutes north of Christchurch and is home to Ngāi Tūāhuriri (the descendants of Tūāhuriri). The heart of the village today is the Tuahiwi Marae, which is surrounded by homes, a school, church and urupā (cemetery).
Rising to the west are the Southern Alps which once abounded with forests and bird life; to the east stretches the Te Tai o Mahaanui coastline, named after Māui’s canoe. Connecting the mountains to sea is Ngāi Tūāhuriri’s principal awa/river, the Waimakariri.
Rāpaki sits on the shores of Whaka-raupō (Lyttelton Harbour), nestled between a sandy beach with hot water springs, and a boulder beach with an impressive jetty. At the heart of their village stands Te Wheke, an ornately carved meeting house adorned with traditional woven panels (tukutuku).
The people of Rāpaki are Ngāti Wheke (the descendants of Wheke), who are distinguished for having established the first mātaitai (exclusive customary fishing reserve) in New Zealand in 1998.
People & Practice
Following the recent Canterbury earthquakes, Ngāi Tahu secured an unprecedented role alongside Local and Central Government Agencies to re-design, rebuild and regenerate the effected urban and rural landscapes.
Local hapū (sub-tribe), Ngāi Tūāhuriri, established the Matapopore Charitable Trust to represent their interests and advocate for the genuine integration of cultural values, narratives and aspirations in the design of all major public realm projects. Matapopore do this by bringing together teams of tribal experts in natural heritage, food gathering/preparation, language, genealogy, arts, architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. Design teams work alongside project consultants to advise and guide how cultural values, narratives and aspirations are integrated into design and build process.
Ngāi Tūāhuriri is committed and motivated to ensuring that the future form and feel of their ancestral landscapes reflects their people and culture.
Registrations Now Open
Nā Te Kore | From the Void 2018
Nei te reo tāwhiri o Aoraki Matatū, o Aotearoa whānui tonu e rere atu ana ki a koe e te aumangea,
The winds of welcome sweep down from the peaks of our mountains, traversing expansive oceans and unknown landscapes to greet you.
Ngā Aho welcomes manuhiri to the 2nd International Indigenous Design Forum and welcomes you to register through our Eventbrite portal today.
Limited capacity for accommodation at Tuahiwi Marae is available so we urge you to register and purchase tickets as early as possible.
Nau Mai Haere Mai Tautoko Mai
Full Waged (FW): Full event pass incl. evening events $300.00
FW Acccom: Fee for MARAE STAY & KAI (Breakfast) $150.00
Students/Unwaged (STU): Full event pass $120.00
STU Accom: Fee for MARAE STAY & KAI (Breakfast) $50.00
One day CCC Sat event (1D FW): $120.00
One day CCC Sat event (1D STU): $60.00