Author Jade Kake on decolonising through design

From Māpuna, 12:10 pm on 4 November 2023

Up and coming Maori designer, Jade Kake, has been making waves in both the architectural and literary worlds. She's the director and founder of Matakohe Architecture and Urbanism, a kaupapa Maori architecture studio, and a part-time lecturer at Huri Te Ao School of Future Environments at Auckland University of Technology. She specialises in designing communities and housing based on papakainga (communal villages). She's also a published author, with not one but two books having been released this past month. One is a fiction novel, while the other is a tribute to the late architect Rewi Thompson (Ngati Porou, Ngati Raukawa), who was an internationally-renowned indigenous architect. Jade spoke to Julian Wilcox.