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.
“Really interesting. We had Tom, our Maori guide, all to ourselves for this walk. The most challenging thing was to find the museum in...”