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25 February, 2022

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei do not support protest actions against vaccination and mandates

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, the tangata whenua and ahi kā of central Auckland urge groups planning further protest action against vaccination and mandates across Tāmaki Makaurau this weekend to stay home.

Marama Royal, Chair, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust encourages all those who genuinely care for our communities, to do all they can to prevent the further spread of Covid 19. She said “While we understand very deeply that protest action is sometimes necessary, we do not believe this is the time or place for activity that will only increase the risk of spreading infection and misinformation”.

We are incredibly proud of the amazing mahi being conducted by our kaimahi across our health services to protect our whānau and many others in the communities we share, from the mate urutā that is Covid-19, through vaccination, education and other support.

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18 May, 2021

He aituā – Andrew Crocker

Tēnei a Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei e auē nei i te rironga atu o Andrew Crocker
E te rangatira, kua riua koe ki te au o oti atu, ki te tihi o mahara nui. Moe mai i te moenga tē taka, i te moenga tē whakaarahia. Tēnei mātou te tuku i ngā roimata aroha ki tō whānau kua ūhia nei ki te kākāhu taratara o mate.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Limited is deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of its Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Crocker.

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03 March, 2021

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei statement regarding Erebus memorial project

On 29 November 1979, 257 passenger and crew of Air New Zealand flight 901 tragically lost their lives when their plane crashed into Mt Erebus, Antarctica. Aotearoa’s worst peacetime disaster. For over 40 years the whānau and friends of those lost have been left without a place for remembrance or to reflect on the enormous impact of so many lives lost and changed forever.

Since 2018 Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei have been engaged in relation to the progress of the Erebus Memorial project which is intended to correct this long-standing injustice. In November 2018, we wrote to Manatū Taonga, the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, to express our support for the project and also for the use of the proposed site which is in the heart of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei rohe. We see this as a natural continuation of the manaakitanga that we have extended to our manuhiri since the foundation of Auckland in 1840.

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15 December, 2020

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei welcomes 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada to Tāmaki Makaurau

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei are proud and honoured to welcome the worlds best racing teams and their support and whānau to Tāmaki Makaurau for all events of the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada.

Chair Marama Royal said the Waitematā is central to the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei identity and with the only marae on its shores, we take our kaitiaki and hosting responsibilities seriously. This includes the manaaki and awhi of all manuhiri (guests)…

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23 October, 2020

Tāmaki Iwi welcome High Court decision

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Ngāti Paoa welcome yesterday’s High Court decision rejecting an appeal of an Environment Court decision in relation to Panuku’s Westhaven Marina development.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust deputy chair, Ngarimu Blair, said the High Court decision requires a significant change to the way Auckland Council consults with mana whenua in Auckland and will lead to much needed clarity and efficiency for both the Council and developers…

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Click here to read the Ngati Maru Trust & ors v Ngati Whatua judgement


3 Hakihea 2019

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei vision for Te Tōangaroa and Tāmaki Makaurau

Words by Ngarimu Blair, Deputy Chair of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Director of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Ltd

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, the ahi kā iwi of this rohe and owner of the land adjacent to the Ports’ land (Quay Park), have stayed out of public discussions until now.

While others have been talking, we have been working on a plan to develop Quay Park that revitalises our asset and also includes a vision for the port land adjacent. It will provide Aucklanders with greater access to our shared taonga.


18 Whiringa-ā-rangi 2019

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei welcomes Environment Court Decision

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has welcomed the findings of the Environment Court in a decision released last Thursday. The decision relates to Panuku development works in Westhaven Marina and Queens Wharf.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei were objecting to the mana whenua engagement conditions in the consent that do not acknowledge their primary interest in this area. The approach by Panuku in this instance, and Auckland Council more generally, is to favour general engagement on resource management matters with all tribes that affiliate as “mana whenua” of Tāmaki Makaurau.


17 Mahuru 2018


The Supreme Court has released its ruling on our case against the Crown and Marutūahu, and we have won the majority of what we asked for. The Supreme Court has said that Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei can take our case to the High Court to test our legal rights as mana whenua. This is something the Crown has blocked us from doing for several years.


18 Mahuru 2018


September 18 is the anniversary of the founding of Auckland in 1840. To help mark this important day, Ports of Auckland and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei built Te Toka o Apihai Te Kawau.


19 Mahuru 2018


A new collaboration to develop a comprehensive picture of health and well-being in your Māori children has been signed between A Better Start National Science Challenge and Whai Māia.