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Round The Bays 2020

E rere ana ngā mihi to those who participated in the largest fun run event in Aotearoa on Sunday 8th March 2020! We had over 100 whānau members walk / jog / run 8.4km from Te Tōangaroa (Quay Park) to Te Whanganui-a-Toi (Saint Heliers). Check out a few highlights from the day.

2020 Waitangi ki Ōkahu

Last Thursday we celebrated 180 years since the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi with whānau and community from all over Tāmaki Makaurau on our whenua at Ōkahu Bay. Kicking off the day with a pōwhiri, we welcomed members of the Ōrākei Local Board, nib Health Insurance executives and the wider public to Waitangi ki Ōkahu 2020.

The Hauora Village, powered by nib was a hive of activity, with hundreds of people taking the opportunity to engage in a range of free services from 15+ health providers as well as the many reka kai stalls that saw flocks of people lining up.

A huge mihi to our acts that joined us on the day, with a special shout out to Te Puru o Tāmaki Kaumātua and Tumutumuwhenua Kapa Haka for sharing Whātua waiata up on the stage! Rawe!

Tāne Ora Fishing Charter

Our Movember Warrant of Fitness warriors enjoyed a fishing trip on the Hauraki Gulf over the weekend! Ka rawe tāne mā – leading the way by getting your Health checked!  Stay up to date with everything Toi Ora. 

Check out some of the highlights from the trip below.

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2020 Education Summit

On the 1st of February, we held our 2020 Ed Summit at Ōrākei School. The day was planned and executed by our NWŌ Summer Interns, who did an amazing job to bring together a range of awesome kaupapa for our tamariki.

The day was inspiring to say the least, with a range of STEAM activities including Young Engineers, a visit from NanoGirl, games and specially curated education packs full of resources for the school year ahead. There was also a range of education providers, and the team from Dilworth Hearing doing free hearing checks. Big mihi to New World Eastridge for sponsoring our sausage sizzle – free tōtiti for everyone!

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Tāmaki Makaurau Senior Kapa Haka Regionals 2020

Tāmaki e nguguru nei, maranga, karanga kua e eke mai nei!

E mihi ana ki ngā kapa i tū hei kanohi mō te iwi ki te whakataetae kapa haka ā rohe o Tāmaki Makaurau. Te Puru o Tāmaki Kaumātua, Te Pou Whakairo, Tumutumuwhenua, Te Puru o Tāmaki, otirā ki ngā kaihaka katoa i tū mō rōpū kē atu, kua rangatira te iwi i a koutou.

Congratulations to all our whānau who took the stage this past weekend. What a momentous occasion for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Ngāti Whātua nui tonu. 4 teams, 150 performers, and over 20 original compositions singing about our history, our whakapapa, our hononga to Tāmaki Makaurau.

Lastly, thank you to the team who worked endlessly to ensure NWŌ representation across the 2020 regionals and will continue to do so in the lead up to Te Matatini Herenga Waka, Herenga Tāngata 2021.

For more from Tāmaki Regionals, click here. 


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Kaumātua Christmas Lunch 2019

The Kaumātua Christmas lunch held at the Ōrākei Marae on Saturday 7th December, was celebrated with over 150 whānau members in attendance. They had come from Nelson in the south to Moerewa in the north looking dazzling in their sparkly and glittery outfits.

Succulent kai moana included platters of king prawns, kina and oysters and other delicacies such as titī, adorned the tables, whilst live music and mocktails were enjoyed throughout the day. We acknowledge all those generous people who had a hand in making this day so special for our kaumātua. The wharenui kaimahi who shopped for, went diving for, prepared and then cooked our kai. The dining room looked festive and celebratory thanks to those who stayed late to make sure it was just right. On the day, it took a team to pull it all together and make sure our lunch flowed smoothly with kai replenished, tables cleared and final clean up completed. A mammoth effort of aroha from an amazing team.

We have 5 kaumātua aged 89 and 90 and 4 of them were in attendance. It was an honour to have Uncle Wiremu Watene at our Kaumātua Christmas lunch, at 90 years and 6 months he is our eldest tribal member. The opportunity to be amongst whānau was far too special for him to miss so he came with his cousins in a van from Kawakawa.

We celebrated 3 birthdays including Uncle Danny who turned 90 years old, Uncle Charles Wilson who turned 84 years of age and Pukemarama Akarana who can now get a Super Gold Card having turned 65 years of age.

The Kaumātua events are going from strength to strength. Each event the numbers are increasing as more and more whānau want to re-connect with other whānau members.

Finally, we must acknowledge Steve Pihema, who works tirelessly to make sure kaumātua events occur. He has the energy of a 20 year old and the heart of his kuia and we are very thankful for the love and effort he places in his mahi.

Click here to view the photos from the Kaumātua Christmas Lunch. 

NWŌ Awards Evening 2019

We are so proud to have hosted the inaugural Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Awards evening on Saturday the 26th October 2019. The evening was filled with melodious waiata, joyous katakata and scrumptious kai. 

We acknowledged all of the nominees for each of the categories as well as presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award to Uncle Joseph Hawke for his momentous contributions to our hapū. 

Below are the category winners for the 2019 Awards:

Click here to view the photos from the night.

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Mahuru Māori 2019

Kua tutuki te kaupapa o Mahuru Māori 2019! What an awesome month it was coming together to celebrate Te Reo Māori!

He pīki mihi to everyone who took up the wero and got involved. Check out the highlights from Mahuru Māori 2019. ‘Tukuna te reo kia rere – Let the language flow’


Ngā Rau o te Kāhu 2019

Ngā Rau o te Kāhu 2019, the primary school Kapa Haka festival was a blast! 

Ngā mihi aroha to all of the kura who gave it their all on the Haka stage – kino te pai! Mean as!

PJ Pukapuka night ki Ōrākei Marae

Ngā mihi nui to everyone who supported our PJ pukapuka night – we hope your tamariki enjoyed themselves. Check out the photos below. 

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Puanga | Matariki ki Ōrākei Marae

In June 2019 to acknowledge Puanga & Matariki we held some special Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei events at Orākei Marae.  

It was awesome to see all the pūkenga and mātauranga amongst our whānau and to see how keen we were to share their learnings and observations of the taiao with each other. Here’s a sneak peek into this years Matariki celebrations. 

Mother’s Day 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.

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. We had a blast sharing the day with you all.

Hakapaki ki Te Matatini 2019

Did you catch our Hakapaki 2019 campaign?

We followed four of our Whātua cuzzies and their Kapa haka on the road to Te Matatini 2019 through Snapchat takeovers! This year Hātea Kapa Haka took out the Hakapaki Ki Te Matatini 2019 campaign.

Click here for more.

Polyfest Profiles

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.

Click here to check out our Polyfest profiles.


Tāmaki Makaurau Senior Kapa Haka Regionals

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! 

Bastion Point 40th Anniversary

Friday 25 May, marked the 40th anniversary of what has been called a defining moment in New Zealand history.  


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. 

Apihai Te Kawau Day

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei preparing for the pōwhiri for Barack Obama in 2018. 


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.

Click here for more on Apihai Te Kawau

Te Matatini 2021.

I tae mai te mauri o Te Matatini ki Tāmaki! Hui e! Taiki e! In preparation for Te Matatini 2021, a hand over of the mauri of Te Matatini took place at Westpac Stadium, in Wellington as the week of festivities concluded. Rōpū from Tāmaki gathered at Ōrākei Marae the following Wednesday to complete the exchange and place the mauri at our Marae. Planning for Te Matatini 2021 has commenced so watch this space.