(Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Ngāti Irakehu)
Areta Wilkinson’s passion to improve her own understanding of Te Ao Ngāi Tahu (Ngāi Tahu worldview) and to demonstrate the continuum of this knowledge through visual language led to a PhD in Creative Arts with Massey University 2014. She has developed a significant art practice over 20 years. Areta is confident that the Christchurch Rebuild projects, considering Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu methodologies with cultural influences, will distinguish design outcomes from other international practices.
Jo is a communications specialist and collaborator with a communications and advertising background. She a current consultant for the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct project and works with a number of private and public sector clients on engaging with Iwi Māori. Jo works with Māori groups delivering communication solutions and project management. She has worked within numerous multi-national advertising agencies in Sydney as an Art Director. Notable campaigns were for Cannon throughout South East Asia and Road Safety Victoria. She has a Fine Arts degree from Canterbury University. Jo is passionate about Ngāi Tahutanga and Te Reo Māori.
Keri is the current Matapopore Project Manager for the Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct, the 3.2km river corridor stretching between the Antigua Boat Sheds and the Avon Loop. In this role, Keri liaises between Matapopore and CERA (now Ōtākaro Limited) to realise Mana Whenua engagement in the various areas of this precinct.
Previously, Keri has worked as an Architect and tertiary educator. Over the years, she has diversified her practice by incorporating installation art, jewellery and landscape design. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), a Master of Arts (Hons) specialising in Film, Television and Media Studies and has increasingly integrated kaupapa Māori into her studies and work ethic.
Te Marino Lenihan has been working for close to 20 years as an advocate for hapū values and aspirations in natural and built environments within both rural and urban landscapes. Raised in the North Island (Hawkes Bay, Auckland), Te Marino spent many summers at Tuahiwi with his grandparents (Marsden and Bernice Reuben) and moved to Canterbury in 2005 to raise his own chldren close to their marae and wider whanau. Over the last 10 years, Te Marino has worked closely with developers, local government, NGOs, schools, universities, businesses, papatupu rūnanga and Ngāi Tahu communities to explore how cultural and natural heritage values can be recognised and provided for within the developing landscape and its waterways. He currently runs a boutique consultancy firm (K4 Cultural Landscape Consultants Ltd) specialising in cultural landscape planning, design, advocacy and education.