Matakohe Architecture + Urbanism is a design studio based in Te Tai Tokerau

Our approach is design-focussed and community-led. As designers we believe our role to be that of skilled facilitator and interpreter rather than artist or author, drawing upon our technical, social and cultural expertise to empower people to take a pivotal role in the design of their own communities. We see ourselves as instigators, facilitators and connectors.

We support Māori communities and organisations to undertake culturally appropriate and environmentally, socially and economically sustainable development within their rohe. Through planning, architectural design, technical assistance and research, our services help iwi, hapū, whānau and mataawaka communities to exercise mana motuhake and realise their own aspirations for their physical environments.

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Jade Kake

Ngāpuhi (Ngāti Hau me Te Parawhau), Te Whakatōhea,Te Arawa
BArchDes, GradCertDigDes, MArch(Prof)

Jade Kake is an architectural designer, writer and researcher. She has experience working directly with Māori land trusts and other Māori organisations to realise their aspirations for papakāinga housing and marae development, and in working with mana whenua groups to express their cultural values and narratives through the design of their physical environments.

Jade is fortunate to live within her home area of Whangarei, where she is leading a number of projects to support the re-establishment and development of papakāinga communities.

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We provide a coordinated range of services to support the establishment of papakāinga, marae (and other community facilities), and urban design projects, including:

  • Facilitating whānau visioning hui

  • Land use planning and feasibility studies

  • Masterplanning

  • Concept design

  • Resource consent applications

  • Papakāinga Outline Development Plans (Whangarei District)

We work with our partners to deliver:

  • Detailed design / working drawings

  • Building consent applications

  • Construction documentation

  • Tendering and procurement

  • Contract administration