He Whare, He Taiao… Kia Matapopore..!

15 October 2019 - Great Hall

As we move deeper towards an uncertain future, city makers and thinkers are reimagining how we live and how the environments we create can be better integrated with natural ecological processes.

Matapopore Charitable Trust presents a discussion on why integrating Māori narratives and values into the shaping of our urban environments could help guide us towards a more respectful and meaningful way of living cohesively with our natural environment.

The rebuild of Ōtautahi Christchurch is a huge opportunity to build back better. One of the biggest changes is the gains that local iwi are making politically and culturally through the recovery process. Consideration of what a contemporary expression of Māori design and architecture really looks like in the rebuild will enable a conversation around what our future heritage might be like: the weaving of people, values and stories from Ngāi Tahu with the weaving of the strands – buildings, the environment and the ecology.

Matapopore chairperson Aroha Reriti-Crofts will give a presentation on what it means to Ngāi Tūāhuriri to see their stories and values being expressed through art and design within our new emerging city. Aroha will be supported on stage with her team to have an open dialogue session with attendees.

Aroha H Reriti-Crofts, CBE, JP

  • Past national/international president of the Māori Women’s Welfare League
  • Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust trustee
  • Māori Women’s Development Incorporated trustee
  • Maori Reserve Lands: Tuahiwi/North Canterbury co-trustee
  • Department of Corrections kaiwhakamana
  • Mana Waitaha Charitable Trust trustee
  • Matapopore – Tūāhuriri Rūnanga chairperson

Date: Tuesday 15 October 2019

Time: 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Venue: The Great Hall, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch

Thank you to the Christchurch Heritage Festival Community Fund for supporting this event.

Images: 1. Justice Precinct, KEB and Whariki – Mapihi Martin Paul on behalf of Matapopore Charitable Trust 2. South Frame – Debbie Tikao on behalf of Matapopore Charitable Trust 



Entry by koha (donation)

Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 30 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.