Here's a wee run down of the 3 day adventure:
Ana Heremaia & Ruby Watson - ĀKAU Directors
Rakky Alexander & Sky Martin - ĀKAU Youth Designers
Sawmill Brewery - Kirsty
KPMG - Byran Thenusin
Cheshire Architects - Pip Cheshire
AUT – Art & Design Workshop, Mike G
University of Auckland, NICAI - Sam & Off-Route
Jessica Mentis – the Jellyologist
See AKAU Paddle Stools in brand new fit out. Grill Kirsty about setting up a business!
>St Kevin’s Arcade
Lunch with The Jellyologist to discuss her new business
Nathan shows us around his Cross Street Studio and talks about the intricacies of industrial design. Sky gets advice on manufacturing her Taonga Wahine lamp
Look at different aspects of large firm like KPMG - accountancy, advisors, tax, HR etc
Explore Urban Design of Britomart and look at some of Cheshire Architects work before visiting them the next day
Dinner at awesome restaurant Orleans with our pals from KPMG - and we see AKAU Graduate from 2015, Honey! Did we mention the chicken and waffles?! mmmmmmm
>Visit AKAU new recruit - Tui Rosemary Brenchley, in 1960’s architecturally designed home
Pip Cheshire introduced us to the sorts of projects he works on (very inspiring!!) and we talked about architecture careers, business and how the two collide
After an interview with an AUT Journalist, Jess, [check out http://www.tewahanui.nz/article/disengaged-kaikohe-youth-becom] we take ourselves for a tour around the AUT design school. Visit our old pal Mike from the workshop and see some 3D printing at work.
>University of Auckland
Shown around NICAI design school, studios, workshops and labs.
AKAU & Youth Designers present at Off-Route. Rakky and Sky steal the show and make a great impression on the audience. Ka pai!
>Catalyst for Change
Sky and Rakky introduce themselves at Foundation North meeting and learn more about social enterprise and business.
>Home sweet home!
Outcomes for participants:
-Exposure to businesses, design firms and universities in the city and the contacts that goes with them
-Meeting potential employers, universities and mentors
-Experience new places and spaces that aren’t around in Northland or part of students every day lives
-Life skills development - booking accomodation, using maps, organising budget & itinery
-Sharing their own ĀKAU experience in front of a big crowd!
-Confidence boost – students realise that they CAN go to uni and they CAN get fancy jobs in fancy firms
-Students realise that Māori Cultural Advisory groups exist in the workplace and gain insight into how their existing knowledge and skills would be helpful in such an environment
-We have FUN! Design is fun! Doing things that are outside the norm is FUN!
Outcomes for People we visited in AKL:
- Connections with youth in Northland, opportunity to be mentors and share their business/design knowledge
- Recognising the benefit youth add to projects
-realising that collaboration with AKAU could bring about better outcomes for their business
-inspired by Rakky and Sky’s story about their journey and realising that their own architectural careers could make an impact on the lives of others
‘Thanks AKAU! It was wonderful to have you involved... thanks for all the work and for making our communities better places. We're looking forward to what comes next for you all!’ SANNZ
‘It was fantastic to see the ĀKAU presentation to off~route and to hear the buzz of the audience about the life changing aspect of architecture. Very keen to see how the NZIA could support your efforts.’ Teena Pennington, CEO NZIA
A big thanks to...
Kaikohe Social Sector Trials for funding some of our hikoi
Byran from KPMG
Pip from Cheshire Architects
Mike G from AUT
Jessie May the Jellyologist
Jess the journalist from AUT
The Off-Route crew at the University of Auckland
And everyone else who made our trip so epic!