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dc.contributor.authorTopless, Jacqueline
dc.description.abstractRESEARCH QUESTION: How can an architectural intervention facilitate the return of taonga to iwi in Aotearoa/New Zealand? ABSTRACT: Taonga Māori are generally understood as a treasure, or anything of high value. The term has become a part of New Zealand legislation through its inclusion in the Treaty of Waitangi and the Resource Management Act 1991. This project focuses on the importance of the reconnection of taonga to their people. The project uses architectural design as a kaitiakitanga (guardian) to aid in the preservation and retrieval of Taonga Māori, enabling their return to iwi of New Zealand. The resulting building not only provides for preservation of taonga but also accommodates the cultural and spiritual aspects required to facilitate a strong bond between iwi and taonga. This project is intended as a koha (gift) to Māori, in order to enable further development within this field, using architecture in taonga retrieval and rehabilitation. This project is a response to the belief that Māori should create their own cultural centre. The need for a specific centre, such as the one proposed in this study, stems from the existing conflicts between traditional western museum practices and approaches and the spiritual and cultural needs of indigenous people. There are currently limited facilities to aid in culturally appropriate treatment, return, and reconnection of Taonga Māori. Investigation into Tikanga Māori, consultations with Māori cultural and architectural advisors, as well as a culturally based understanding of Puketutu Island, have resulted in the design of a Taonga Rehabilitation Centre.en_NZ
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dc.subjectPuketutu Island (Manukau Harbour, N.Z.)en_NZ
dc.subjectTe Motu ā Hiaroaen_NZ
dc.subjectManukau Harbour (N.Z.)en_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectMāori taongaen_NZ
dc.subjecttikanga Māorien_NZ
dc.subjectrepatriation of taongaen_NZ
dc.subjectmuseum designen_NZ
dc.titleWelcome home : return, rehabilitation and reconnection; architecture as a kaitiaki for taonga Māorien_NZ
dc.typeMasters Thesisen_NZ
dc.rights.holderAuthoren_NZ of Architecture (Professional)en_NZ Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120101 Architectural Designen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden210204 Museum Studiesen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationTopless, J. (2019). Welcome home : return, rehabilitation and reconnection; architecture as a kaitiaki for taonga Māori. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.tukutukuWhakahoki taongaen_NZ
dc.subject.tukutukuWhare taongaen_NZ
unitec.publication.placeAuckland, New Zealand
unitec.advisor.principalSchnoor, Christoph
unitec.advisor.associatedHoskins, Raoul

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