1st Place Equal

White: Clynt White, Lei Chen, Emma Erasmus

1st Place Equal

Megan and the Hips: William Hope, Megan Robertson, Caroline Hope, Julia Hope

Under 18 1st Place

Ngā Mokopuna: Watene Campbell, Christian Mauriri, Te Hoera Sullivan, Paige Scruton, Nepe-Apatu


Colonisation has shaped the form of New Zealand towns and cities in ways that mean that Māori identities and values have often been side-lined.   Yet, our cities have always been indigenous places, and we’re interested in how urban environments could better reflect this.


This competition encourages people to think about how we might ‘decolonise’ cities in Aotearoa New Zealand.  There are two sites in Porirua City – the harbour front and whānau land for a papakāinga – that people are invited to redesign. We want people from all walks of life, backgrounds, ages and cultural groups to get involved. Creative, positive and forward-looking solutions can come from anywhere and anyone who might engage with these issues.  We welcome a wide range of submission types including masterplans, drawings, essays, poetry and film.


There are a number of ways you might think about this.  You might think about decolonisation as being about social justice – an opportunity to create cities which are fair and equitable for all whānau.  You might consider the special role that mana whenua (the tribal group who has historic connections with a particular place) plays in the city.  You might consider how New Zealand might look and feel had Māori values always been an integral part of the way we design our cities.  You may look to the future and develop a utopian vision for how our cities might look and feel in 50 years from now.  You may have other ways of thinking about it. All ideas are welcome.


The entries submitted will be judged by a panel of experts from a diverse range of backgrounds.  Entries will also be analysed by our research team to understand how we might work to decolonise urban places.


Overall 1st Place: $5000 sponsored by New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO

Runner Up General Public Category: $2000 sponsored by Housing New Zealand

Runner Up Under 18: $2000 sponsored by Porirua City Council, Peter and Sue Dow

Highly Commended Prize: $200 voucher for Karaka Café + Whittakers Chocolates sponsored by Māori Tourism and Whittakers

Highly Commended Prize: Trip for two to Kāpiti Island + Whittakers Chocolates sponsored by Māori Tourism and Whittakers

Selected entries will be showcased in architectural and academic publications. This will include both online and hardcopy publications. In addition, they will be exhibited in a public exhibition.


  • Registrations open:   3rd April 2017
  • Submissions open:   10th April 2017
  • Questions to organisers close:   5:00pm 21st April 2017
  • Registrations close:   5th May 2017
  • Submissions close:  8:00pm 9th May 2017