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Second Issue of Tāpoto

09 September 2019

The second issue of our publication Tāpoto – The Brief looks at the relationship of government and architecture. Should the New Zealand Government have an architect, or some discrete office capable of giving high-level design advice?

As the Government launches its latest bureaucratic attempt – Kāinga Ora – to wrangle house-building and infrastructure development, it would seem that sophisticated design thinking would be at a premium. Doesn’t all that spending deserve the best-possible return and most enduring legacy? 

And yet the design literacy of the relevant sections of the bureaucracy seems as rudimentary as ever. It’s hard to know where to start in the search for reasons why, but it’s easier to suggest where to look for a solution. The Australian states have done much thinking about the government– architecture relationship and have developed various bureaucratic models to facilitate the production of good buildings and high-quality urban spaces. New Zealand should draw on this experience. 

Also in this issue, we look at a significant development in the history of the NZIA: the incorporation of a te reo name in the Institute’s title. The Institute is grateful to Dr Haare Williams, supported by Ngā Aho and, in particular, Elisapeta Heta, for the gift to the NZIA of a most appropriate and inspirational te reo name: Te Kāhui Whaihanga.


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