We respect and celebrate the uniqueness of our place in the Pacific and Aotearoa/New Zealand.




Motu Design is a research and design based firm specializing in urban design and the creation of sustainable urban environments that respect and celebrate the uniqueness of the Pacific and Aotearoa / New Zealand.  We are guided by the values of respect, collaboration, creativity, and inspiration that are essential to creating great places and buildings of significance to individuals and communities.  The whakatauki / proverb below summarises our approach to urban design.


We understand tikanga Maori and the needs of Pasifika people.  Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) is our home, but so are the Cook Islands and Fiji.





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means Island or Region in Maori and many Pacific Island languages


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Actively supports the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and is a signatory to the New Zealand Urban Design Protocol

When two people stand face to face you can only step sideways or go back. If you both wish to go forward, only when you walk side by side can you go forward together.

Ka tu korua aroaro ki te aroaro, ka haere anake korua ki tetahi taha atu ranei, a, ka haere pea korua ki muri. Mehemea    e hiahia ana korua ki te haere tahi ki mua, me haere korua taha ki te taha.