Designing An Authentic Aotearoa

17 Aug 2021

Join us for a cultural experience, understanding how to design an authentic Aotearoa, shaping and expressing our national identity through the meaningful inclusion of Māori cultural narratives and visual language.

Design has a major influence in how culture, society and perceptions are shaped and defined. Globally, there is a hunger for authentic brands, experiences and connection with people and community. This has created an increased desire to authentically engage with and share Māori culture, narratives and forms of expression.

This workshop is to define how the creative community can design a culturally authentic Aotearoa. It will help anyone who would like to explore and understand Māori design, in a supportive and accepting environment.

The workshop explores three key aspects to using Māori design:


We review a broad spectrum of historical and contemporary case studies of Māori design to define the principles of Māori art forms and how we can apply these to contemporary applications. Of importance is what is traditional vs modern, authentic vs inauthentic Māori design.


We discuss different kinds of partnership models with Iwi Māori and Māori artists identify which model is appropriate for their aspirations to incorporate Māori concepts into their brand or product. Several barriers are also reviewed and solutions proposed.


Gain a deeper understanding of key aspects of Tikanga Māori and how they assist at protecting and elevating Māori design in a variety of contexts. What are appropriate design narratives and how do you add to the body of amazing work being produced without plagiarising or offending.


Date: 08 July, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Out of Office Level 3/11 Vivian St, Te Aro

Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student

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Date: 16 June, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student

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Date: 08 October, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Prices: $400+gst Professional | $300+gst Design Assembly Friend | $100+gst Student

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