For Immediate Release
Jasmax and Haumi Partner to Bring Radical Advancement in Cultural Design
Jasmax has entered into a partnership with leading Māori cultural development specialist, Karl Johnstone, founder and
director of Haumi. Drawing on his extensive national and international experience in the heritage, arts and design
sectors, including ten years creating and leading exhibitions at Te Papa, Karl will provide guidance to Jasmax around
developing and maintaining cultural design leadership within New Zealand.
Jasmax CEO Sjoerd Post says the partnership with Haumi is reflective of Jasmax’s bold vision for New Zealand
architecture. “This partnership allows us to lead a cultural design discourse in New Zealand. I’m excited by the
opportunities this brings for our clients. Karl brings a wealth of knowledge in the cultural sector and shares our
vision for the future of raising the bar on indigenous design intelligence and subsequent outcomes in the built
The partnership evolves from the commitment of one of Jasmax’s original founders, Ivan Mercap, to a design practice that
acknowledges the way in which we are defined by the place in which we live, and Aotearoa’s bicultural foundation
enshrined in Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
The formalised partnership has arisen out of the role Haumi has with Jasmax on the New Zealand Pavilion at Expo 2020 in
Dubai. Principal Architect, Matthew Glubb, says: “Having Karl on the team as the Director Māori (Creative), has allowed
us to tell a more sophisticated and refined New Zealand story on the international stage.”
Of Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, and Ngāi Tāmanuhiri decent, Karl will also provide mentorship to Jasmax’s
cultural advisory group, Waka Māia. Waka Māia is a team of dedicated designers who facilitate engagement with mana
whenua groups on specific built environment projects utilising engagement frameworks including Te Aranga Māori Design
Principles. As well as the NZ Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai, recent projects include The University of Waikato’s
Tauranga tertiary campus and Auckland’s transformational infrastructure project, City Rail Link.
Haumi is a specialist concept and development business which initiates, designs and delivers projects of national and
international significance both in New Zealand and throughout the world. In addition to his role at Te Papa, Karl’s
20-year career in the cultural heritage sector includes eight years as the director of the New Zealand Māori Arts and
Crafts Institute. He has been on numerous boards including most recently, the New Zealand Arts Council Toi Aotearoa and
was Kaihautū for New Zealand at this year’s Venice Biennale.
Karl Johnstone says, “My work naturally involves shifting thinking in the cultural space from one of obligation to one
of opportunity – and that aligns well with Jasmax’s vision for the future of Aotearoa New Zealand.”