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Professor Dory Reeves and Lena Henry

Te Whaihanga – Built Environment professionals and better engagement practices with Māori

Reinstating Mana Whenua and Māori identity in place making decisions requires built environment professionals to engage effectively with Māori and the discourse of Te Tiriti o Waitangi 1840. Te Whaihanga is a collaborative research project focused on the decolonisation of academic curricula in architecture, engineering, landscape architecture and planning in Aotearoa New Zealand.
This presentation introduces the recently developed “Te Whaihanga – Preparing Students to engage and work with Māori” module which was designed based on research with Māori practitioners, iwi representatives, professional institutes and key employers. The module aims to better equip early career professionals with skills and knowledge to work with Māori professionals, hapū and iwi representatives, and developers of community economic development and papakāinga projects.  The module is developed to ensure that our next generation of built environment professionals know why and how to engage with Māori in their day-to-day work. In partnerships with multiple Universities the module will be delivered for the first time across numerous built environment courses and available to accredited trainers.


Professor Dory Reeves is a chartered fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and an Associate of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI). She is also registered with the Higher Education Authority of the UK. She is the co-focal point for the UNI-Habitat Partnership and led the State of New Zealand Report for Habitat III.  Dory has worked in planning and associated areas since 1981, initially in the public sector at metropolitan level in the UK; moving to higher education in 1994 (visiting Professor at Queens University Belfast 2000-2003) and from 2003-2008 worked for Reeves Associates. Before arriving in New Zealand to take up her post in early 2008, she was involved in major evaluations of the Section 75 equality legislation in Northern Ireland. Her professional practice experience, teaching and research involve equality and diversity, management skills for effective practitioners and academic literacy. Her most recent book published in 2016, and entitled Management Skills for Effective Planners was published by Palgrave Macmillan. She is on the editorial board of Planning Practice and Research.


BPlan (Hons), MPlan (First Class Hons), PhD Candidate.
Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa
Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland.

Lena Henry has been a Planner since 1999, primarily working with local government, iwi authorities and community organisations. Lena is a Lecturer at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland.  Her specialist teaching, supervisory and research interests include:

  • Indigenous and local government relationships in [post]colonial societies
  • Mātauranga Māori and planning
  • The application of dual urban planning methods
  • Planning for diversity, difference and equality

Lena’s research contributes to the broader discipline of indigenous planning and her PhD study is focused on the pursuit of Tino Rangatiratanga in the 21st Century.

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