Kaiwhiri Te Hīhiri | Strategic Advisor Māori
Kaiwhiri | Associate Principal
As a Strategic Advisor Māori, I work with whanau, hapū and iwi Māori across Aotearoa in a diverse, wide range of capacities - from landscape architecture to resource management, planning and ecology. I am driven by ensuring the outcomes reached within our projects meaningfully consider and reflect a Te Ao Māori worldview.
With a background in landscape architecture, I have played significant roles on project teams involved in many of the key anchor and regeneration projects of the Christchurch rebuild. I was seconded to the Matapopore Charitable Trust from April 2017 – August 2021 as a landscape architect specialising in providing strategic writing and review, facilitation of engagement and working as part of design teams for both public and private projects.
Recently, I have become increasingly involved in weaving together mātauranga Māori (traditional knowledge) with Western science through significant cultural health monitoring and ecological work across Te Waipounamu/the South Island, particularly in the Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere catchment and forming meaningful relationships with Papatipu Rūnanga.
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons), Lincoln University
Graduate Member, New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA)
Member, New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society
Member, Ngā Aho Māori Design Professionals
Member, Te Tau-A-Nuku Māori Landscape Architect Professionals
9 March 2022
10 March 2020
7 July 2023