Exploring Te Aranga design principles in Tāmaki

Jacqueline Paul

Abstract – Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto

Te Aranga Design Principles are a cultural landscape strategy/approach to design thinking and making which incorporates a series of Māori cultural values and principles. This study strives towards a better understanding of the principles, and how they apply in developing policy and design for residential development in the Tāmaki Area. This study also suggests how the principles can be embedded through procurement, and develops a framework to translate them into the design process and contracts for the Tāmaki Regeneration Company.

Other reports associated with this research

Kake, J. & Paul, J. (2018). Evaluating the application of Māori design principles to urban neighbourhood development projects to develop a Kaupapa Māori design framework and assessment tools. Paper prepared for 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference, 12pgs. Wellington: BBHTC.

Paul, J. (2017). Urban Wā Kāinga: Integrating and embedding Te Aranga and Kaupapa Māori into communities. Negotiated study, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons), 111pgs. Auckland: Unitec.

Paul, J. & Hatton, W. (2018). Te Aranga Māori Design Principles. Article for Landscape Architecture Aotearoa. Auckland: New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects.

Paul, J. & Kake, J. (2018). ICOMOS 2018: Post conference overview. Reflections report for BBHTC on ICOMOS 2018 conference, Culture: Conserving it Together, Suva, Fiji, 1- 5 October 2018.

Articles associated with this research – Karere Tūhono

Media article: Te Aranga Māori Design Principles

18 September 2018: Landscape architect graduate Jacqueline Paul (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa), from the Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods team, and landscape architect William Hatton (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Rangitāne, Ngāti Raukawa, Muaūpoko) write on Te Aranga Māori Design Principles developed by the Auckland Council in conjunction with mana whenua to provide practical guidance for designers shaping the city’s built environment. >> Read More

News: Cultural landscape approach to design at ICOMOS

31 October 2018: Integrating Kaupapa Māori and Te Aranga design principles into design processes was the theme of a paper presented by Building Better researchers Jacqueline Paul and Jade Kake at the ICOMOS 2018 conference in Suva, Fiji. >> Read More


Keywords – Kupu Hāngai

Te Aranga Design Principles, Māori, papakāinga, community engagement, Tāmaki, urban development, urban design

Fields of Research – Āpure Rangahau

Māori; Te Aranga Design; Landscape Architecture; Urban Development; Urban Planning


Date – Te Wā Whakarewa



Type – Te Auaha


Citation – Kupu Hautoa

Paul, J. (2017). Exploring Te Aranga design principles in Tāmaki. Report for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities Urban Wellbeing: Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods, 10pgs. Wellington: BBHTC.