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Growing Careers: Josephine Clarke

Growing Careers: Josephine Clarke

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Developers, Council and consultants understand the significance that Maori philosophies and processes have in our endeavours. We welcome Landscape Architect Josephine Clarke to the Natural Habitats team to strengthen this essential knowledge for our company and clients. Nau mai, Haere mai!
3 years ago separate to her Landscape Architecture degree, Josephine began working on community restoration projects (e.g. project Twin Streams) and forming relationships with Ngāti Whātua ō Ōrakei. Directly advancing her own understanding of the processes of kaitikitanga for māori, within the urban environment. Josephine presented to the Waitakere City Council, community board and was short listed with her Landscape Concept plan for Pioneer Park (Henderson).
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2 years ago while continuing her Landscape Architecture degree, as part of a studio project along the Tamaki River; Josephine advocated knowledge gained through working with iwi and community to explore Māori philosophies in a tangible way. She took her approach to establish a relationship with Ngāi Tūhoe and their pan-tribal urban marae in Panmure, Auckland. Not only did her design consider the wishes of Ngāi Tūhoe but also respected and reflected the mana whenua (Tainui, Ngāti Paoa, and Ngāti Whātua ō Ōrakei) acknowledging their connection to their whenua (land) by drawing upon her own cultural values.
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1 year ago Josephine, as part of her undergraduate study, pursued a design research project titled “How to design with Cultural Integrity”, exploring the relationship between Tikanga Māori (Māori philosophies) and Landscape Architecture, to further develop her professional methodology. Her main objective was to demystify the relationship between Māori (indigenous) and their environment, forming a kaupapa (philosophy) to initiate novel design. Josephine is also an active member of “The Roots: Creative Entrepreneurs” , a group of young graduate designers and artists, creating opportunities for Māori and Pacific youth through creative community projects, inspiring the next generation. Josephine believes strongly in the empowerment of indigenous young people through meaningful engagement and appropriate acknowledgement, and look to identify ways of integrating traditional indigenous knowledge to provide a deeper understanding of our environment.
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4 months ago Josephine provided significant contributions to the “IFLA50 (International Federation of Landscape Architecture) World Congress: Shared Wisdom in an Age of Change” by opening the pōwhiri (welcome ceremony), tutoring on the behalf of Unitec for the student design charrette: project “Whare waka” (a proposal for Ngāti Whātua ō Ōrakei at Okahu bay, Auckland), presented on the Indigenous Panel and published her paper: “How to design with Cultural Integrity”.
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1 month ago Josephine joined the consultancy branch at Natural Habitats. As a Junior Landscape Architect , Josephine devotes her passion for strengthening an awareness of Tikanga Māori (Māori philosophies/processes) and Mātauranga Māori (traditional Māori knowledge) within the profession of Landscape Architecture. Complimentary to the full spectrum of integrated landscape services already provided at Natural Habitats, Josephine has the opportunity to develop these relationships between culture, ecology, people and community strengthening our Natural Habitat whanau.

Manaaki Whenua – Manaaki Tangata
(care for the land – care for the people)