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Cabal is my word for a way of working together. It is an wholistic space for collaboration with each other and the life streams we are part of. The Cabal ethos rests in the subtle arts of relatedness. For over 20 years, this philosophy has guided my approach to art, design and construction, within very diverse project teams, contexts and mediums.

This ‘deep collaboration’ is an art form of communication and interdependency as we sculpt, weave, design and construct processes for restorative built environments. I treat each creative project is an opportunity to explore with others, finding simple practical tools and processes that we can put into action to help realise our ideals for transformation and regeneration in our communities. Cabal

asks, “what is needed here?” “What are the optimum conditions for wholistic


Cabal is a call to the nourishment of love, life and the restoring of beauty.

maumahara mo waiparuru

remembering ancient pathways

The stone and steel markers of Maumahara mo Waiparuru trace a meandering pathway reminiscent of that traveled by the Waiparuru Stream on its way through the ancient Grafton Gully to the Waitemata harbour. This pathway is a passage of time and a journey of release. It is a prayer for deepening our relationships with the land and the stories of our human cultures embedded within it. 

Special acknowledgement and gratitude to Ngarimu Blair (Ngati Whatua o Orakei) and Pita Turei (Ngai Tai ki Tamaki), creative collaborators in the research and conceiving of this work.

The project was an integral element of the Grafton Gully Motorway Project, which expanded the scale of the roading network leading to Auckland’s port, adding a significant layer of change to the landscape story in the heart of Auckland City. 



Client:  Freeflow Alliance (Transit New Zealand, Beca, Higgins & Fletcher) on behalf of Transit New Zealand in association with Auckland City Council.

Project team: Caroline Robinson of Cabal, Freeflow partners, Springbank General Metalwork Pita Turei - Ngai Tai ki Tamaki, Ngarimu Blair -Ngati Whatua O Orakei

100m x 30m

earth, basalt stone, concrete, steel

Photos: Philip Solay, Simon Devitt, Caroline Robinson of Cabal