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Equity, Education and Design in NZ

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Ceremonial Hongi and Taiaha Presentation

In 1990, the Community Design Studio approached the Ngati Awa Trust Board (now renamed the Te Runanga o Ngati Awa) to ask if we might be involved in their stated intention to design and build a Whare Wananga (Maori University) in Whakatane. The Labour Government hasd recently introduced the Education Amendment Act which allowed for education to be more communtiy-responsive, and Maori were, for the first time, able to develop their own educational system under a kaupapa Maori framework. Based upon the mutually enjoyable experience of the e artler Whakatane Study, the Runanga agreed, and the Design Studio commenced to develop a design brief for the proposed Wananga on the site of a partially unused Board Mill outside town. The programme ran for ten weeks and was developed to the stage of Planning Consents. It never came to fruition, because in the General Election of 1991, labour lost and were replaced. The  State funding that had been promised became unavailable. Later, the Runanga went forward with their proposal but in a more modest fashion and on a different site. The PDF here is reproduced from an article: "Equity, Education and edesign in New Zealand: The Whare Wananga Project", in: Journal of Architectural Education, Vol. 49, No. 3 February 1966. Washington DC.



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