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Evaluating the application of Māori Design Principles to urban neighbourhood development projects to develop a Kaupapa Māori design framework and assessment tools.

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Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, ,

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This paper evaluates the application of Te Aranga and other Kaupapa Māori design principles in urban neighbourhood development projects, aiming to assess their impact on spatial and social outcomes.

Through the development of evaluation tools and testing on actual projects, this research supports developers, designers, and planners in collabourating with mana whenua and mataawaka communities for improved design processes and social outcomes. The methodology combines quantitative and qualitative data collection to assess the effectiveness of Māori design principles, highlighting the potential for these principles to influence future neighbourhood regeneration and housing developments. By addressing the challenges of measuring cultural intangibles and fostering stakeholder engagement, the study aims to refine evaluation tools and methodologies. The paper underscores the importance of a collaborative approach in validating research findings and ensuring the practical application of developed tools in assessing the application of Māori design principles, contributing to more culturally responsive and socially beneficial urban environments. Māori design principles, such as Te Aranga, the authors argue, have the potential to significantly impact future neighbourhood regeneration and housing developments. The paper notes that through a better understanding of implementation/application, methodologies and assessment tools which are aligned with a values-based approach can be developed to inform more culturally attuned spatial design processes and outcomes.

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