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A Day in the Life - My First Tour - Aurtum Martin

Posted by Website Admin on December 14, 2017

Slip, slop, slap and wrap because this day was a scorcher!!!

 *Comfy shoes (CHECK)
 *Shorts (CHECK)
​ *Tamaki Hikoi uniform (CHECK)

I am officially ready to facilitate my very own hikoi up Maungawhau!


 This hikoi started in the car park half way up the maunga. We stop at the mountains namesake, the Whau tree. We then carry on, up the maunga along the edge of "the largest crater in Aotearoa", which is called Te Ipu Kai o Mataoho. In English this can be  translated to; the food bowl of Mataoho, Mataoho being the God of all Volcanoes. We then carry on up and make a stop looking out to the south by north west of Auckland. We then head to the summit, which is the tallest natural landmark in the Auckland isthmus.  

As we gradually make our way up the summit the tourists ask questions like "what year was the Harbour Bridge made?" or "what’s the tree with the bright red flowers called?". As the guides we should have an answer for these questions. Lucky for me I did a little bit of home work and the answers are 1959 and Pōhutukawa tree. It’s always good to include facts like, 10 years after the bridge was developed they added 4 more lanes making it an eight lane bridge, or the Pōhutukawa is commonly known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree.

It really is amazing taking people around our whenua and they are really astonished with what they experience. It really empowers me as a rangatahi, that foreigners really love what we wake up to every day. It just makes me appreciate my whenua even more.

There is a lot of other mahi which I am really enjoying. This week I have been doing an extensive research on some potential, meaningful tours, which we could facilitate and give our own perspective on.  Within this research I have to understand our obligations as an iwi, the regulations regarding the tours, potential expenses, support needed, and what employment opportunities we could offer. This project has been enlightening as I didn’t realize the vast about of obligations and things we need to consider when creating these tours.


Io mahi katoa, mahia

"Whatever you do, do it to the best of your abilities"

A Day in the Life - Aurtum Martin - Intern & Guide

Posted by Website Admin on December 08, 2017

We have recently welcomed intern, Aurtum Martin to our team. As part of her internship, Aurtum will be writing a weekly blog, sharing her experiences as a guide for Tāmaki Hikoi and working in Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei's Tourism unit. Check her first post out below. 


Ka timata ahau I tōku tūpuna a Tuperiri. Na Tuperiri ka puta ko Tarahawaiki,
Na Tarahawaiki, ka puta ko Apihai Te Kawau; na Apihai Te Kawau, ka puta ko Herawhakamana
Na Herawhakamana ka puta ko Te Hira Pateoro; na Te Hira Pateoro, ka puta ko Hamiora Pateoro
Na Hamiora Pateoro, ka puta ko Mihiata Te Mamae; na Mihiata Te Mamae ka puta ko Herawhakamana
Na Herawhakamana ka puta ko Ngakari; na Ngakari ka puta ko Herawhakamana
Na Herawhakamana ka puta ko Leah; na Leah ka puta ko ahau.

Ko Mahuhu Ki Te Rangi te waka, ko Maungakiekie te maunga, ko Waitemata te awa, ko Ngā Oho, Te Tāōū, me Te Uringutu ngā hapu.  Ko Aurtum Grace Ngakari Martin.

Tihei Mauri Ora

Kia ora whānau, my name is Aurtum and I am deeply humbled and appreciative to be undergoing an internship, working for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei in the Business Development - Tourism sector. I am also honoured to be working with Uncle Jamie Cook and Rebecca Sullivan. They both create an enjoyable yet focused, driven working environment. This is currently my third week and I am LOVING IT! I love working with my family and also love being able walk five minutes down the road to work.  One of my jobs I have been assigned is writing this blog you are now reading, as well as taking tourists around our whenua (land) on our Tāmaki Hikoi tours. I enjoy showing the tourists around our whenua and enriching them with a Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei perspective on the occupation, settlements and also just the day to day living and resources used back in the day.  The three destinations during our tours are Maungawhau, Takaparawhau and also the winter gardens by the domain.

This weekly blog is going to let all my whanau know what I am doing, what I am learning and also what I am educating the tourists during this hikoi I take.
Please let me know if you have any stories/facts or pakiwaitara you would like me to share to the tourists.


"Whaia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei"
"Seek that which is most precious, if you should bow let it be to a lofty mountain"

“Wonderful Jamie, our guide was extremely informative, passionate and knowledgeable. We were told about the history and culture of the...”

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