Originally based at Okahu Bay the people of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei now occupy the hillside over-looking their beach and the city of Auckland. An important point of difference for this tribe is that the city came to them, not the other way around. The history of the people and this land spans four centuries and the descendants are well aware of being part of a Māori community in New Zealand’s most populated city.
Orākei Marae can host all types of gatherings and many of the people upholding the customs are tenants in the homes that surround the marae area.
Families here have become accustomed to the flow and ebb of visitors to Orākei Marae but feel safe in the knowledge their customs for tangihanga will be catered to first and foremost.
There is rarely a quiet moment at Orākei Marae. The surrounding area is full of life and vibrancy. Bordering the marae complex are our Kaumatua homes. Our elders live here and have access to the marae via a short walk through the gate. Our children attend the local early childhood centre and our families access the health clinic. All of these are within 100 metres of the Marae complex.
“Really interesting. We had Tom, our Maori guide, all to ourselves for this walk. The most challenging thing was to find the museum in...”