Studio 19




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    Presenting at the Ngati Whatua Kaumatua Hui

    By Jessica Hulme
    Sep 30, '14 3:03 AM EST

    Tuesday 30th September 2014

                                  [Preparing for the Kaumatua Hui at an SGA meeting room]

    Today, five of us sixteen students had the job of presenting our project to not only the board of directors and kaumatua representatives, but to the entire group of kaumatua who attend these tribal meetings. So, from scratch we presented to those who saw this project for the first time.

    We started with a formal Maori custom introduction, then over to Jack who explained the background of our project. Hannah Stephenson then explained the next stage of our progression; and Craig accounted the detailed design stage. Aseel finished our presentation with the safety regulations that our group are following during this building stage, and the floor was then open for questions.

    For some of us students it was a new learning experience of having an open floor discussion with a large group of clients - all who have varied opinions of what should and shouldn't be done. With a final thumbs up from a quick vote of approval of design, we returned to our UNITEC Workshop to continue with the rest of the students on the build.

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About this Blog

Studio 19 is a collaboration between UNITEC and Strachan Group Architects (SGA). Third year architecture students are given the opportunity to work along side SGA to design, document and build a project. The Brief from Ngāti Whātua O Ōrākei was to design of a master plan of eight houses for elderly tribe members. One of these houses is to be documented and built by the students.

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  • Jessica Hulme

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