Since the release of the Te Aranga strategy a number of follow-up hui have been held to discuss the development of a more complex set of specific protocols and guidelines to inform Māori urban planning. Case studies have continued to reveal that existing mainstream urban design approaches and guidelines (eg. New Zealand Urban Design Protocol) are insufficient in ensuring enhanced environmental outcomes for mana whenua. The Principles that emerged from the Te Aranga and other Māori Urban design strategy work have since been tested and refined through a series of large-scale urban infrastructure projects within greater Auckland, the process of which has guided further refinement of the principles and established widespread Tāmaki mana whenua support.
Auckland Transport's Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) is the first significant post-Te Aranga development, providing opportunities to engage meaningfully with mana whenua and to test the principles on a real project. Through the engagement process, the principles were applied and worked through to a point of appropriate design resolution in particular relation to the Panumure Railway Station precinct.
With the development of the Auckland Transport's City Rail Link (CRL) project in 2012, the principles began to be more formally applied. The CRL will link Britomart to the existing western line near Mt Eden and is a key project in an integrated transport programme to improve public transport as the city grows. As part of the mana whenua engagement process, each iwi wrote a Cultural Values Assessment (CVA), the majority of which referred to the Te Aranga Māori design principles.
The next significant project was the Quay St project, which included consultation with six mana whenua groups and further demonstrated the value in retaining and refining the principles.
These pilot projects have demonstrated the critical need for mana whenua engagement to happen right from the outset and it is also proposed that the Urban Design Panel – a forum of nominated design practitioners that assess and provide guidance to large public developments pre-resource consent – will also adopt these principles as a key assessment criteria.
Prior to publication as part of the Auckland Design Manual the Te Aranga Principles have been further refined through meetings with Tāmaki mana whenua and it is envisaged that Iwi inputs to the Principles will be ongoing.