Events and Activities

 Waitangi Day Ki Okahu 2019

Nau mai haere mai e te tī, e te tā,


On the 6th of February 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed by Rangatira Māori and representatives of the Crown.

In 2019, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei in conjunction with Auckland Council will commemorate the occasion with a free, fun and informative day out at Okahu Bay, OrākeiClick here to see our event page.

This free community and family-friendly event will feature fantastic NZ musicians live on the main stage and complemented by a range of onsite delicious food stalls, arts and crafts stalls and interactive games activities and exhibitions for kids and the whole whānau.

We pride ourselves on enforcing a strict smoke, drug, alcohol-free and zero waste focus. Para kore and security marshalls will be on site to support this whanau-friendly day.

With our event conveniently placed right by Okahu Beach, we encourage you to bring your togs (bathing gears). As well as being able to enjoy the cooling waters of the Waitematā, Watercare will also be on site to source some fun water play activities for the kids. The Watercare minitanker will also be a source of water bottle fill ups on the day. No need to buy water, just bring your water bottles. Bring a picnic blanket along and set yourself up in front of the stage, and enjoy a quintessential Aotearoa summer’s day.

Parking will be available on the day for a small fee. Keep an eye out for our marshalls onsite.

The day will begin with a pōwhiri at 10 am which will be followed by the first stage act at 11:00 am. So come along early to score yourself an awesome spot. We have some amazing acts, all to be revealed soon. See you there!

Presented by: Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei in conjunction with Auckland Council


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This year we jumped on the Mahuru Māori wagon and decided to celebrate te reo māori not only for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, but the entire marama of Mahuru (September). It was wonderful to see so many whānau engaging in the kaupapa. He koanga ngākau ki te kite i ngā tini whānau i tahuri mai ki te reo māori.



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Tāmaki Makaurau Kapa Haka regionals 2018

Kei whea mai i ngā kapa I tū i ngā rā okioki nei, he ātaahua, he pārekareka! Kātuarere ngā mahi, ngā mahi a te rēhia a tēnā kapa, a tēnā kapa, a, haramai tētahi āhua! He rawe te kitenga atu i ngā whanau e tū maia ana i ngā kapa rerekē. Ahakoa tēnā, ngā mihi ki ngā tuakana me ngā teina e tūtaki ana ki te whakataetae nā. Tūrou Hawaiki – Wyllis Maihi, Te Puru o Tāmaki rōpū


Watch the video below of our Te Puru o Tāmaki Kaumātua rōpū gearing up for their big performance at the competition! 

We hope to have the performance videos of both Te Puru o Tāmaki rōpū on our website soon.



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 Friday 25 May, marked the 40th anniversary of what has been called a defining moment in New Zealand history. More photos and videos of the day to come soon.


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Despite the stink weather our Mokopuna Day 2018 celebration was choice! Ekore e oti ngā mihi ki a Fonterra and T&G for the delicious kai, we couldn't have done it without you. Check out the video below of how our Mokopuna Day 2018 went. 


Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Powhiri for Barack Obama

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On the 20th March 1840, Apihai Te Kawau signed the Treaty of Waitangi signalling the beginning of our relationship with the Crown. 
On the 20th March 2018 - we acknowledged this hononga by hosting a hapū breakfast. 


Waitangi Day 2018

Yes, It's been and gone but ae marika did we have a great day. E mihi ana ki te tini tangata i tae atu ki te hāpai i te kaupapa o te rā. Here's a little look back to what we got up to at this year’s Waitangi Day event at Okahu Bay.


Para Kore - Zero Waste

Our Para kore audit results from Waitangi Day 2018 are in and they're pretty spectacular. Check it out:

Total waste produced by the festival, over 5-hours, was 4130-litres, this was a mixture of waste like; recycling, organic, landfill and soft plastic etc.


Total waste going to landfill is 60-litres, that weighed in at 7kg and equalled 1.45% of all waste. We successfully diverted 98.55% of the waste received from going to landfillOf the 1.45% landfill collected, we further diverted 8% of this, as identified in the audit. 


We would like to gratefully acknowledge the Marae Para Kore Team, Okahu Rakau, and the many volunteers, whanau and other staff who helped on the day, for their collaboration and dedication to sorting, cleaning and double checking every bit of waste received.

Here is some Para kore footage from the day. 




Our Snap story hosted by our very own hostess with the hostess Atakura Hunia (E mihi ana e Atakura,koia kei a koe)

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