The Te Aranga Strategy is a cultural landscape approach to design, incorporating a series of Māori cultural values. The Te Aranga Design Principles, which evolved from the strategy, address the processes of economic, social, environmental and spatial development changes. The principles have arisen from a widely held desire to enhance mana whenua (indigenous people of the land) presence, visibility and participation in the design of the physical realm. They are a set of outcome-based principles founded on Māori cultural values and formulated to provide practical guidance for enhancing outcomes in the built environment. This enables local government, the development community, and construction industry to understand how they can positively engage with mana whenua in shaping our built environment. Te Aranga Design Principles can also be embedded through procurement and develop a framework to translate into the design process and contracts for public-private partnerships in community development. This paper discusses the Te Aranga Design Principles, their origins, and the ways in which they might be useful and applicable in the development of policy and design. This is driven by the Kaupapa Māori (Māori-centric) approach, as opposed to eurocentric and western models. Through research, policy advocacy and design work, this paper recognizes methodologies which can contribute towards shaping the places people live in. It contributes to models for future sustainable development through localised solutions, founded on indigenous worldviews and aspirations.
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