Korowai marks special occasion
Tīhei mauriora
Ka tangi te tītī
Ka tangi te kākā
Ka tangi hoki ahau
Tīhei mauriora.

In April 2013, the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) hosted the 50th World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) in Auckland.

As a member of Te Tau-a-Nuku (a collective of Māori landscape architects) and as one of a small number of NZILA members with some fluency in Te Reo Māori, it fell to me to act as one of the kaikōrero for the pōwhiri for the congress. I had also served for six years from 2007 – 2012 as the NZILA’s delegate to IFLA, the last two of which as president of the Asia Pacific region of IFLA, so it was appropriate that I should welcome my international whanaunga to my homeland. [Read more…]