Matapopore is the mana whenua voice in recovery and is responsible for ensuring Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu values, aspirations and narratives are realised within the recovery of Christchurch. Matapopore do this by bringing together teams of Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu experts in natural heritage, mahinga kai, te reo Maori, whakapapa, urban design, art, architecture, landscape architecture, weaving and traditional arts to work alongside central and local government.The Matapopore design teams provide advice and interpretation on the Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu historical narratives and, key kaupapa and values such as whakapapa, mahinga kai, manaakitanga, mana motuhake and ture wairua to achieve design outcomes which meet the Ngāi Tahu objectives of the Recovery Plan and are ultimately more meaningful and respectful of the history and cultural landscape in which the projects are located.

Matapopore is breaking new ground as a first for indigenous cultures to influence the design of a city and to ensure traditional values are woven into its urban environment.


Matapopore  won some major institute awards alongside their partners, for some formative Ōtautahi projects.

Comments from the judges in the award categories recognised the valuable input that Matapopore had in creating meaningful spaces. They encouraged people to journey through a cultural narrative which shared the stories of tangata whenua, and the history that preceeded a pre-colonial age.

The awards are:

-Te Papa Ōtākaro Avon River Park won the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architecture (NZILA) Supreme Award 2019 (with LandLAB, Boffa Miskell Ltd WSP-Opus, Rough & Milne, Otakaro Ltd)
-Tūranga received the John Scott Award for Public Architecture and a separate Public Architecture Award Architecture at the National Institute of Architects awards in Queenstown (with Architectus and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects)