Peri-Urban Potential

How can landscapes for both people and production prosper within peri-urban Aotearoa through innovative spatial design, reconnecting New Zealanders with whenua and food?

David Wall

Project Details Ngā taipitopito

Project Status:
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Research duration:
July 2022 – June 2023

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What are we doing?E aha ana mātou?

The productive land surrounding New Zealand cities is increasingly under threat from urban expansion. These peri-urban zones are vitally important to New Zealand’s settlements, communities, ecology, and economies.

The national housing crisis has created a conflict between protecting this land for food production, and removing restrictive barriers to urban growth. This project will investigate innovative land-use possibilities that benefit both people and production within the contentious peri-urban zone.

The research team will adopt bicultural design principles to develop Aotearoa-specific spatial land use typologies for the peri-urban zone that prioritise māra kai and mahinga kai, with the aim of re-connecting whānau, whenua and food.

How can the research be used? Ka pēhea e whai take ai te rangahau?

  • This project will develop a set of spatial land-use alternatives specific for the peri-urban zone in Aotearoa New Zealand, based on international and local case studies, and prioritising the landscape principles of māra kai, mahinga kai and maramataka,.
  • Embedding mana whenua values into spatial land-use design along the rural to urban continuum will offer new opportunities to both nourish the land and the communities that reside within it. Within the peri-urban zone, this research explores the interconnection between land and life, between production and people, between rural and urban.
  • This project will produce a report and a peer-reviewed journal article that promotes healthy outcomes for whenua and whānau in a holistic and integrated way. The findings will be of interest to mana whenua, growers, residents, planners and designers, and territorial authorities, to inform how they approach the unique challenges and opportunities of peri-urban zones in Aotearoa.

Research team Te hunga i whai wāhi mai

Project Lead/Science Lead
Shannon Davis
Lincoln University
Richard Morris
Lincoln University
Hanley Chen
Lincoln University
Naomi Darvill
Lincoln University
Pablo Gregorini
Lincoln University

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Peri-urban landscapes: Rethinking the land around cities for housing + food production

Slides from a webinar describing research on rethinking the land around cities for housing and food production.
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