Rural design's community PHILOSOPHY
Historically the Kaipara District's original tangata whenua viewed themselves as Kaitiakitanga (Caretakers/Guardians of the land). Land was not owned by an individual, but by the hapu or iwi. Maori world view was based on conserving the environment for future generations. Rural Design endeavours to embed this idea throughout its business practice. It is important for current generations to continue or in some cases re-establish the role of guardianship of the land, rather than exploitation. This can be realised with appropriate land use management that ensures sustainable environmental outcomes from development such as storm water drainage, protection against agricultural runoff, subdivisions, property amenity enhancement, and other council related development such as car parks and roadside planting etc. Educating the community on the importance of kaitiakitanga and embedding sustainable practice in the younger generation is seen as a high priority for Rural Design. In the past Rural Design has helped out with Kaiwaka Primary School planting initiatives, worked with Whangaparoa College, provided education opportunities to local Kaipara high schools and provided trees for the recently constructed Mangawhai Activity Zone. We a proud to sponsor local events including the 'Top of the Rock' and the Whanaungatanga Touch Tournament both held annually in the summer months. Rural Design is committed to community employment, engagement and is an equal opportunities employer.
Local Employment at Rural design
Rural Design is passionate about providing employment for the local community. The majority of employees are from the Kaipara District. The employment of local people brings multiple benefits to the community. Workers are able to support their families and use their income on local businesses; workers gain valuable insight into land-use enabling them to educate others in the community with regards to protecting the unique ecology of our region. Many of our employees are from the local hapu te uri o hau, which Rural Design sees as important to maintaining Maori ties to the concept of kaitiakitanga.