In association with Toro Whakaara, we are pleased to present our first Ockham Lecture for 2022. This annual series includes lectures and panel discussions across different themes that critically engage with craft, design and architecture.

For this Ockham Lecture, Adrian Pettit (Te Ākitai Waiohua) will share experiences from his role within the New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project, the City Rail Link, alongside Simon Lough, part of the CRL design team.

Adrian has a background in architecture and is part of the Mana Whenua Forum that has played an essential role in providing mātauranga Māori the City Rail Link project.

The Mana Whenua Forum undertakes kaitiakitanga responsibilities associated with the CRL project, including monitoring, sustainability measures and providing input of Maori mātauranga in relevant stages of the project.

The forum includes members from eight iwi that have been involved in the CRL development since 2012. The forum members are:
Ngāti Whātua Orākei
Te Ākitai Waiohua
Te Kawerau a maki
Ngāti Maru
Ngāti Paoa
Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki
Ngāti Tamaoho
Ngāti Te Ata
We acknowledge Ngāti Whātua Orākei as mana whenua of central Auckland where the key CRL stations sit.


Kaitiaki for Te Ākitai Waiohua, Adrian Pettit (Te Ākitai Waiohua) has represented Te Ākitai Waiohua as member of the CRL-Mana Whenua Forum since 2015. The CRL-Mana Whenua Forum has played an essential role in providing mātauranga (knowledge) to New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project, the City Rail Link.

Simon Lough (City Rail Link Limited) has been working on the design and delivery of the CRL project, in partnership with Mana Whenua, over for the past seven years. He has a background in design and delivery of public spaces and private development.


Registration is essential for this free event.

As per Covid-19 protocols, attendees will need to scan in for contact tracing, present a Vaccine Pass and follow mask-wearing guidelines. 

Rendering of Karangahape Road Station. Courtesy of City Rail Link.