Ātea a Rangi, Waitangi Regional Park by Boffa Miskell and Wayfinder Landscape Planning & Strategy, has won Te Karanga o te Tui category in this year’s Resene New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architecture Awards.
The star compass and wetland restoration project for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council was described as a “triumphant cultural landscape and environmental project giving rise to the knowledge and understanding of Māori sky lore” by the judges.
They noted that the location at Waitangi Regional Park and the wider coastal shores of Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa provided a poignant setting to the discovery and practice of traditional Māori celestial navigation techniques.
“It also provides a place for people of all cultures to reconnect with the natural processes of the surrounding world in the Aotearoa context,” the judges citation read. “The sky, sounds, winds, coastal smells and connections through pou to the greater landscape contribute to a tangible and deeper understanding of Te Ao Māori.”
Lead carvers Nathan Foote and Philip Belcher carved the compass, and while Piripe Smith donated his time to the project, passing on the traditional knowledge within Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa and wider Aotearoa.
You can read more about the project and watch the video to hear further comment from the judges here.