Meet Olivia Haddon, Māori design specialist

Publish Date : 26 Jan 2018
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Auckland Council Māori Design Specialist Olivia Haddon.

Olivia Haddon is a Māori Design Specialist at Auckland Council.

She works with mana whenua to incorporate Māori design thinking into all of the council’s work.

“Last year I worked with Ngāti Manuhiri artists to design the Matariki lights projection on the Auckland Town Hall,” she says.

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“It was incredibly special for me to watch how Aucklanders reacted to seeing this work in a public space.”

If you visit the council’s main office at 135 Albert Street you will hear another project Olivia worked on when you catch a lift – each floor is announced in te reo Māori as well as English.

“Initiatives like this are a small demonstration of how we can make sure that te reo Māori is valued, heard and spoken by our visitors and staff every day,” Olivia says.

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