Just Add Mauri: Water-sensitive Design Meets Tikanga Māori

TitleJust Add Mauri: Water-sensitive Design Meets Tikanga Māori
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsBrockbank, T.
MagazineNew Zealand Local Government
Date Published12/2017
Keywordsmaori, Mauri, Stormwater, Tikanga, Water sensitive design

When it comes to stormwater engineering, how do we ensure cultural and social outcomes are not swept aside by the dollars delivered through cost-benefit analysis? Troy Brockbank uses the concept of mauri to bridge the worlds of water-sensitive design and tikanga Maori.

Troy Brockbank (Te Rarawa, Ngati Hine, Ngapuhi) is a civil engineer, stormwater practitioner and design manager at specialist stormwater management company Stormwater360. In his work, he faces conflict between the objectives of core water-sensitive design and the principles of tikanga Maori (or traditional Maori practices). However, he sees that the concept of mauri can help assess, manage and bridge these two world views.