Events and Activities


Matariki is a cluster of nine stars rising in the Southern Skies during winter which for most signals the beginning of the Māori New Year. In some regions like the north and the west coast Matariki isn’t as visible and Puanga is the star that heralds in the new year.

The first new moon in the month of Pipiri (June-July) is the period when stars like Puanga, and Matariki are rising. It’s a time to remember, reflect and wānanga for the upcoming year. To acknowledge Puanga & Matariki, we have some special Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei events planned. Click here for more info and to register your interest. 


Mother's Day Parakuihi 2019

E mihi ana to all who attended the 2019 Mothers Day Breakfast at Orākei Marae. A beautiful day celebrating the beautiful māreikura in our lives. And a very special mention to Ocean Blue , hosts extraordinaire - ko te manaaki tangata kei a koutou.




That's a wrap on the 2019 Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Haerenga | Roadshow.  We travlled both Aotearoa and Australia meeting with our whānau. Thank you to everyone who participated. Your kōrero and whakaaro is invaluable and we look forward to sharing the insights with you as soon as possible. 


2 countries, 19 locations and heaps of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei whānau.


Mangere, Queensland, Orākei, Te Awaroa, Sydney, Melbourne, Whangārei, Christchurch, Moerewa, Wellington, Kaitaia, Otaki, Mt Albert, Rotorua, Whakatāne, Dannevirke, Gisborne, Hamilton & Perth.


The purpose of the roadshows was to gather whakaaro from NWO uri around their aspirations for our NWO future. This will help the Trust to develop a Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei long-term plan. Scroll down to read more on the interactive activities shared at each roadshow hui used to gather whānau whakaaro. It is still not too late to contribute your whakaaro e te whānau.


The Trust has partnered with an external provider (KPMG) to help collate and analyse whānau input that came from the Roadshow hui. 


View the 2019 NWO Roadshow Whānau Report here



Polyfest 2019


To celebrate and support te reo māori and the māori performing arts, we gave away a free NWO merch pack to all of our Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Kapa Haka cuzzies that performed at the Māori stage this year. Check out our Polyfest profiles below  


The new date for the Māori Stage Division 1 is Saturday 6 April 2019, and the competition will be held at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.


Click here for the schedule of Division 1 performances for the Māori Stage.

Education Summit 2019

 The Education Summit was a day to empower our tamariki, rangatahi and whānau - to let them know that the future is theirs! 


The day included live entertainment, stalls of partners and four awesome workshops run by Young Engineers, Young Animators, Code Avengers and StudyFit. 


Pīki mihi to the whānau that came along and to all of those that helped make the day possible. We had a blast sharing the day with you all. See you next year!




Hakapaki ki Te Matatini 2019


Did you catch our Hakapaki ki Te Matatini Snapchat takeovers? We followed four of our Whātua cuzzies and their Kapa haka on the road to Te Matatini 2019 through our Snapchat takeover!  Our four whātua cuzzies performed in rōpū across the North Island and have been given the title ‘hakapaki’ taken from the word ‘atapaki’ which means Snapchat - See what we did there??


It was awesome to get a glimpse into their ‘haka’ world through our Snapchat takeover. Click here to watch the Hakapaki takeovers. 




 Waitangi Day Ki Okahu 2019





1 week since 2019 Waitangi Day Ki Okahu!


2019 Waitangi Day Ki Okahu was a huge success! We had over 12,000 people turn up to enjoy Tama-nui-te-rā , the yummy kai and good music! Shout out to everyone who came along and also a big thanks to all kaimahi who contributed to the day's success. We hope you all enjoyed the day as much as we did!


Lastly, pīki mihi to all of our 2019 Waitangi Day ki Okahu sponsors. I ora te kaupapa i a koutou!

Auckland Council, Watercare, Mai FM, nib New Zealand, Kaipatiki Community Facilities Trust


Ngā Rau o te Kāhu 2018

Ngā Rau o te Kāhu 2018 was mīharo! Well done to all of the kura who performed. Check out the pikitia below.

Mahuru Māori 2018

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.



The four part bi-lingual cooking series shows you how to cook our favourite dishes. It is presented by our very own Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei whānau (the real deal lol). 



 Matariki community planting day 2018

Pīki mihi to those who attended the 2018 Matariki Planting Day. 130 volunteers and 4000 trees planted! We have definitely started off our Matariki with a shovel and bang.  

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.



Bastion Point 40th anniversary 

 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.


Mokopuna Day 2018

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

Apihai Te Kawau Day 

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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