The NZ Studies Network lecture provided the opportunity to triangulate the Hinemihi Project from three perspectives: art, archeology and  architecture. The lecture also allowed for an element of improvisation and ‘maori performance’ by subverting the ordinarily passive role of the audience and demanding active audience participation. Thanks to Rosanna Raymond’s ‘I am a house’, the audience were animated into the constituent parts of a whare whilst the lecture ended with the audience voting for which architectural strategy was best for the project (WHAT_rrrrrchitecture? from R1: repair, R2: restore, R3: reuse, R4: redevelop, R5: relocate). Interestingly enough R5 threw up the option of relocating Hinemihi to London!?

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The conference aimed to examine the ‘making of New Zealanders’ in the past, present and future. It will focus on New Zealand and its many different cultures, exploring their origins, historical sources and influences, contemporary changes and future developments. It aims to embrace as many as possible of the disciplinary fields within the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences. We anticipate that the cultures that will be explored will include not only the more obvious national, ethnic and religious ones, but the practices and mindsets of governmental, professional, business, educational, religious and sporting subcultures, and of cultures found in other daily occupations and interests, such as eating, drinking and entertainment. We are interested in how elements of national culture have been imported from the Pacific, the UK, the USA, Europe and Australia, and how they have been exported through migration, disapora, and the media. We welcome proposals that approach New Zealand’s cultures from alternative, ‘outsider’ perspectives, and those that consider whether or not New Zealand’s cultures exhibit any remarkable ‘exceptionalism’.




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Thanks to informatics, key performance indicators (KPIs) can measure the influence of both the team and the individual. The data scapes that we use to inform and influence the design of ‘buildings’ can now be applied to the ‘architect