"Embracing cultural values and the wisdom of the past"
SmartGrowth has worked with Tangata Whenua to set the scene for programmes and activities that have embedded tangata whenua values and aspirations in the SmartGrowth Strategy.
This wealth of cultural heritage resource has informed SmartGrowth partners and the community in their decision making around the protection of heritage values. Significant view shafts or visual links to important landmarks like Mauao are protected and a cultural heritage strategy has been initiated.
The Combined Tangata Whenua Forum (CTWF) has made significant gains on Maori engagement and participation at governance level as well as advocacy of affordable housing, water management and other issues identified by SmartGrowth.
Listen to Ngāti Kahu Te Pura Trust Chairman Piripi Hikairo and Vice Chair Mita Rahiri talk about the papakainga housing project on Radio NZ