Te tukanga—Our process

Te pātaka kai iringa o te kupu o te korero—the journey so far, and where to from here.


This timeline gives an overview of the processes we’re following from 2017 to 2024, and how the Living Pā connects with the broader story of the marae and Māori Studies at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.


  • Department of Anthropology and Māori housed at 38 Kelburn Parade


  • Māori Studies established at 50 Kelburn Parade
  • Marae established at 36 Kelburn Parade and named Te Herenga Waka


  • Marae transferred to 46 Kelburn Parade


  • Māori at the University: 256 students and 13 'known' staff
  • Te Tumu Herenga Waka opened behind 46 Kelburn Parade


  • Marae precinct entered in Victoria University of Wellington's capital works programme


  • Māori Studies at 48 and 50 Kelburn Parade

Fast forward...

Late 2017

  • The Living Pā project phase 1: project research and development initiated
  • Preliminary consultation commenced with primary stakeholders


  • Māori at the University: 2144 students and 153 staff
  • Project working name confirmed—The Living Pā
  • Project core group established
  • Project review panel established
  • The Living Pā project phase 2: project design and planning initiated
  • Phase 2a: engagement commenced
  • 'Tikanga and Business Model' and 'Built Environment and Design' advisory groups established


  • Core design consultants contracted
  • Phase 2b: engagement and consultation process commenced
  • Business case approved by the University Council (October)
  • Living Pā ambassadors confirmed
  • Whānau launch of the Living Pā at Te Herenga Waka Marae (December)


  • The Living Pā project phase 3: implementation and planning initiated
  • Phase 3: engagement processes commenced (early 2020)
  • Preliminary design confirmed (end 2020)


  • Decant from building and early site works (mid-2021)
  • Whakamoe ceremony held to officially close buildings at 42–50 Kelburn Parade and temporarily put access restrictions on Te Tumu Herenga Waka (May)
  • Deconstruction works contract awarded to RDL Group
  • LT McGuinness is awarded preferred contractor status to provide pre-construction services from May to November
  • Early contractor engagement works


  • Construction commences


  • The Living Pā opening
  • The Living Pā project phase 4: benefits realisation