OSS Significant names
Significant Māori Street Names in Orākei
Hawaiki Street is named after the island and homeland that Māori resided on before sailing to Aotearoa. Often referred to as ‘Hawaiki Nui, Hawaiki Roa, Hawaiki Pāmamao’, the island is of high importance and significance to Māori and is said to be the place that people return to when they pass. Hawaiki Street is located off Kupe St in Orākei.
Kitemoana Street is one of the most important streets in Orākei. Located at the base of Okahu Bay and stretching up to the base of Orākei Marae, it was home to some of the first houses the people of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei lived in after being evicted from their pā at Okahu. Kitemoana Street is also affectionately known as “Boot Hill”. Kitemoana has no historical cultural meaning but simply translated means ‘Seaview’.
Kupe Street is considered to be one of the main streets in Orākei and is home to the Kainga Tuatahi and Kaumātua homes. It is also the main street that leads to the Marae so it is an important route for the haukainga and manuhiri alike. The street is named after the Polynesian explorer Kupe who is said to have discovered Aotearoa in the 10th century.
Ngake or Ngahue was the name of an early explorer who is said to have accompanied Kupe to New Zealand.
Ngāiwi Street is in Orākei, Auckland. Ngāiwi is an ancient tribe of Tāmaki and according to Pāora Tūhaere, include all the tribes extending from Taranaki to Kaipara. (http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-Whi11Anci-t1-body-d7.html)
Okahu Road is named after the Te Arawa ancestor Kahumatamomoe. He was the son of Tama Te Kapua who captained the Te Arawa waka. It is said that Kahumatamomoe lived in the area that is now known as Okahu Bay which would eventually become the main settlement for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. It is significant as it has been a place of residence and cultivation by the Ngāti Whātua people.
The name Orākei means ‘of Rākei’. It pays homage to Rākeiiriora, a tūpuna or ancestor who lived in Tāmaki for some time and eventually had the area named after him. It is said that Rākei was a leader from the Tokomaru canoe.