Boot Hill Yarns

Boot Hill Yarns

Areare mai rā ō koutou taringa! Introducing our first EVER Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei podcast – Boothill Yarns with Joseph Royal!

This week special guest, Kelly Morrison joins Joe to kōrero about #LockdownLife, the oldschool radio shoutouts and going to work in your undies LOL

Back2School Weekend Wānanga

We know the transition back into school has been a bit rough, so we’ve teamed up with StudyFit to bring you the Back2School Weekend Wānanga for all our Year 9-13 rangatahi! This is a one-day wānanga being held this weekend, 9:30am- 3:30pm Saturday, 6 June 2020.

No registrations needed! Join one session, or join them all – all you need to do is join in with the Zoom Code: 828 931 4222

Check out the schedule for the day below:
9:30am:     Welcome
10:00am:   Digi Skills 101 with Catherine Martin
11:30am:   Digi Skills 201 with Catherine Martin & Chrystal Hapuku
1:00pm:     Academic Writing with Rebecca Early
2:30pm:     Keeping Well with Ariana Paul 

We can’t wait to see you all there! 

If you have any pātai please contact Shazeaa, ssalim@ngatiwhatuaorakei.com

Tūāpapa o te Reo

Tūāpapa: Foundational aspects & dynamics of Te Reo and Ō-Rākeitanga (Learner)

I ia Pōhina/Monday Nights

Click here to register. 

Please note: These hōtaka Reo are for registered hapū members and their partner/spouse only.  Classes will begin the week of April 13 2020. You will be notified via email  as to where and when the Online Classes begin.

If you have any pātai please email Matua Ropata – ropataP@ngatiwhatuaorakei.com

Tuakiri o te Reo

Tuakiri o te Reo

 Specific aspects of Te Reo. Kōrero mai i Maunganui ki Tāmaki  (Can converse in Te Reo)

I ia Pōtū/Tuesday Nights.

Click here to register. 


Please note: These hōtaka Reo are for registered hapū members and their partner/spouse only.  Classes will begin the week of April 13 2020. You will be notified via email  as to where and when the Online Classes begin.

If you have any pātai please email Joe Pihema– joe@ngatiwhatuaorakei.com

Tūāmata o te Reo

Tūāmata o te Reo

 Ngāti Whātuatanga whānui tonu (High Level of Te Reo Proficiency Required)

I ia Pōpare/Thursday Nights

Click here to register. 

Please note: These hōtaka Reo are for registered hapū members and their partner/spouse only.  Classes will begin the week of April 13 2020. You will be notified via email  as to where and when the Online Classes begin.

If you have any pātai please email Te Kurataiaho – tekurataiaho@nwo.iwi.nz

He Kahu Tauwhiro

Kahutia te iwi ki te kahu tauwhiro, ki te kahu o te ora.

The distribution and use of Methamphetamine continues to sweep the country creeping into our communities and our whānau. Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei remain fixed on our position towards Methamphetamine: The manufacture, distribution and use of Methamphetamine/P is not welcome in Ōrākei.

In 2005, a pou was erected at Ōrākei Marae to reflect our focus as a whānau, hapū and marae towards increased understanding of this kaupapa, increased support for whānau, and the eradication of P from our community. The name of this pou is Tāne nui a Rangi and continues to stand proud on our Marae grounds, a reminder to all of our stance towards Methamphetamine. 15 years later, in 2020 we return to this kaupapa to re-engage our aroha and support for those who are walking in the world of addictions. When considering the impacts of any addiction, the ripple effect it causes reaches many, from the individual, to the whānau, the hapū and iwi. On Saturday 20 June, 2020 we will stand together as a whānau to reveal a new pou created and gifted by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei carver Arekatera Maihi to be erected to stand alongside Tāne nui a Rangi. The pou will be unveiled at Ōrākei Marae under the kaupapa He Kahu Tauwhiro, also the name given to the organising rōpū. He Kahu Tauwhiro, a name provided by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei te reo māori expert Joe Pihema, embodies the embracing protecting layer of aroha, a cloak that gives the wearer a sense of security.

“The question we should ask ourselves is do we ignore the user and let them suffer alone or do we utilise our culture to reconnect with them and support them through this hard time. Our response is that our culture can save us all. 20 or so years ago a selfish young man made bad decisions and I too ended up seeking the pipe. In silence I participated and became addicted to meth. No one else to blame but myself. Our late uncle Manu Tamaariki was to be my saviour 18 years ago by asking me to assist him in the carving shed to move stuff around. Lifting became seeing , seeing became asking, asking became knowing , knowing became doing…the rest is history. Literally by one stroke of the chisel, my life was turned around. From that day on I stopped all of those selfish ways. I gave up drugs and committed myself to whakairo (carving). “Arekatera Maihi, pou carver, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei”.

Whānau are invited to attend He Kahu Tauwhiro to stand as one and to support each other in acknowledging the effects of Methamphetamine in our country, in our community, in our whānau.

The agenda for the day is as follows: 
6:30am: Mihimihi
7am: Parakuihi
8am: Keynote speakers – Maraea Tahere Mokaraka/Rikki Solomon
10am: ‘Smoke kai, not P’ Community run kaupapa . Whānau members will be smoking kai for lunch
11am: Mokopapa in Tumutumuwhenua wharenui

Reminder: This is a drug, alcohol and smoke free kaupapa. 

This pou will remind us that we have a duty of care to our whole community and also acknowledges what we committed ourselves to 15 years ago. Ekore e oti tēnei whawhai nui. We all need to be active in removing Methamphetamine from our lives, to be supportive and show aroha to those that need help. We encourage all to be that caring cloak that offers aroha and security to our whānau. The event lead by He Kahu Tauwhiro rōpū is supported by the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Board, Ōrākei Marae and the Taumata. Nau mai e te tī, e te tā.

Whatua Te Muka Tangata

Matariki signals the Māori new year, a time for us to come together, reflect on the past and wānanga our future.

If you’re in Auckland this weekend, join us to weaving the threads of humanity through sharing kōrero and weaving stories and perspectives of our shared humanity to address issues together. We’re delighted to have Broadcaster and Māori language proponent Stacey Morrison and Guled as our emcees alongside the Hon Minister Peeni Henare and awe inspiring rangatahi panellists Margaret Harrison-Davis, Bilal Nasier, Guled Mire, Arama Rata and Rebekah & Sue Gee from Asians Supporting Tino Rangatiratanga.

Recent events such as the Black Lives Matter movement, Christchurch tragedy in 2019 and broader issues of ongoing racism in Aotearoa and the world call for these necessary conversations. Join the kōrero to shape the future our rangatahi are calling for.

To top the night off we have performances from the talented poet Mohamed Hassan, award-winning artist and world-builder Jahra Wasasala and experimental Hip Hop movement artist Ooschon. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please arrive promptly for the 3pm start of the Pōwhiri and we will close with kai. To register, click here: https://forms.gle/bih4jVy4bRU4RHrMA

Covid-19 Health measures will be in place and so we ask that you do not attend if you are having symptoms of sickness. This is an alcohol and drug-free event.

Rongoā Wānanga

Rongoā Wānanga

Come along to the Rongoā Wānanga at Ōrākei Marae to learn about rongoā (traditional Māori medicine). Connect and learn about the rongoā rākau that we have growing in our backyard on our Whenua Rangatira!

Āhea: Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 July 2020

Te wā: 10AM-5PM

Ki hea: Ōrākei Marae

Click here to register your interest. 

For registered hapū members and their spouse/partner. 

Tirotiro Whetū

Watch Matariki rise on the Whenua Rangatira! 

We’re teaming up with Auckland Council to host a star gazing event at Michael Savage Memorial Park. The Auckland Astronomical Society will be there with telescopes and binoculars to help you see the Matariki star cluster.

This is a free public event. Nau mai, haere mai!

Āhea: Wednesday 15 July 2020

Te wā: 6AM-7:30AM

Ki hea: Michael Savage Memorial Park

 Limited parking available at Michael Savage Memorial Park.

Matariki at Te Tōangaroa

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei invites Aucklanders to join them in marking the end of Matariki and the start of a new year on Wednesday, 15 July.

The hapū will be hosting festivities in the heart of the Auckland CBD business precinct, Te Tōangaroa, from 11am to 2pm and will include kai trucks, weaving workshops, kapa haka performances and an array of activities.

‘Matariki @ Te Tōangaroa’ concludes day-long celebrations to mark the end of Matariki which begin with a dawn karakia at Takaparawhau in Ōrākei.  

Chairman of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust, Marama Royal, says this an opportunity for Tāmaki Makaurau to reflect on the challenges of the last year, in particular the last six months, and to look toward the future.

“As Ahi Kaa, we have a deep connection to central Tāmaki Makaurau having been here long before the city was first established and as owners of Te Tōangaroa we want to uphold our value of manaakitanga.

“We, our whānau and local businesses, have collectively endured a trying past five months but Matariki brings a new year and an opportunity to create and build upon new aronga, new focuses and outlooks. It’s a time to come together to reflect, refocus, plan and look ahead to the future,” says Marama.

In line with the value of kaitiakitanga and the vision for Tāmaki Makaurau to be recognised as a para kore city, this will be a Para Kore lunchtime event with volunteers on site to ensure a waste free whānau-friendly experience.

The 40-acre land holding at Te Tōangaroa, which sprawls from The Strand in the east to Britomart Place in the west, is the single largest commercial asset belonging to the hapū and home to the offices of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust and Whai Rawa, the commercial arm. 

The Matariki event is part of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei wider vision to restore Te Tōangaroa to its original use as a place for people to come together.   

“As depicted in our Te Tōangaroa masterplan, we want to create a thriving destination that all Tāmaki residents can be proud of. A CBD that pays respect to Papatūānuku, celebrates our culture and our Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei relationship to the whenua, and one that will enable all Aucklanders to reconnect and access the moana,” says Marama.