Your NameBela Hinemoa Grimsdale
Cohort AssignmentCohort C (Aotearoa)
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

Landscape Architect

2. What role do you see as yours to play?

Cultural / Mana whenua navigator and engagement

3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?

develop a deeper understanding of Matauranga Maori holistic ways of thinking, seeing, hearing and applying it to designing landscapes in a meaningful way
Being able to communicate holistic ways of thinking and designing to others

6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?

Auckland University Bachelor of Arts (BA) - double major in Cultural Heritage and Museums, and Art History
UNITEC Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA)
Manager for cafes and restaurants for 20 years (previous profession to my current position as a landscape architect)

4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?

learning to speak fluent te reo
building my knowledge through practice - time in the profession
having time to be more creative and be able to express my passions through my art
building relationships

7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?

Matauranga Maori and culture - Maureen Lander and Dante Bonica (lecturers and mentors at university) where I was taught Maori practical techniques through wananga style learning. Wananga is a positive and comfortable environment and way to learn (for myself), I am a practical person who learns by doing.
Maori and Pacific artists - Tame Iti, Ralph Hotere, John Pule, Robyn Kahukiwa, Shane Cotton
Carvers - Lyonel Grant
Maori History + Values - Hirini Moko Mead, Te Rangi Hiroa, Ranginui Walker

5. And for professional growth?

becoming more aware and confident in communicating from a holistic point of view and how it applies to landscape practice and design
building relationships

8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?

I have a basic understanding of Te Ao Maori beliefs and creation. I believe that it is important to be able to understand why Maori have a deep connection to the environment and the creation history explains that relationship through whakapapa.