Oratia - Auckland's Urban Fringe

Tosh Graham

Landscape processes offer rich potential for design, giving us the opportunity to key into and engage with dynamic forces in unexpected ways. For Oratia, a site on the Auckland urban/rural fringe, vegetation is an important component that makes up the quality and character of the landscape. Student’s discoveries regarding plants and plant process were intersected with the ‘reserve program’ to produce a design that responds to these qualities and characteristics.

I have a special affection for the plant I chose with this project and often try to include it in my designs. When our son was born we used ‘moka’ (a delicate twine made from Harakeke) to the off his pito (umbilical cord), another small and important way this incredible and beautiful plant was used by our Tipuna (ancestors).