“He Ao, he Ao, he Aotearoa…”

These are the words cried out by Kuramarotini (also know as Hine te aparangi), wife of Kupe (the great navigator), after first sighting a cloud covered Aotearoa. 

As we conclude Mahuru Māori, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei are encouraging individuals and organisations to keep up the good mahi! After seeing the overwhelming response from the people of Aotearoa during Te wiki o te reo Māori and Mahuru Māori, we are now leading an OHA that invites one and all to individually and collectively use the word ‘Aotearoa’. Register now!

Going forward, we, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, will refer only to ‘Aotearoa’. We will replace the word ‘New Zealand’ with ‘Aotearoa’.

This is our OHA to Aotearoa, as we continue on our haerenga (journey) of embracing te reo Māori. We have set some big goals within our hapū and we are calling out to the rest of Aotearoa to join us on our haerenga.


Oha mai, toha atu

The word OHA can be described as a gift, in abundance and generosity.

We are asking Aotearoa to use the gift of te reo Māori, and be generous with it to spread it near and far.

Beginning with one word – Aotearoa.

We at Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei strongly believe that the time has come for  Aotearoa to fully embrace te reo Māori. It will be a long journey but we feel the people of Aotearoa are ready. We’ve thought about how we can help lead that change. Calling all individuals, cities, towns, schools, businesses and groups to join us.

This is just one easy way to get involved and exactly what the purpose of the initiative is about. Taking that first step to embracing our beautiful language and culture. A language journey can begin with just one word.

We do not need legislation, a week or a month to further embrace te reo Māori and we know many others feel the same. So what are we waiting for Aotearoa? Hoake tātou.

It may take baby steps, at first our changes might seem small, but our efforts will be greatly sustained. You may start by saying ‘Aotearoa New Zealand’ and work towards dropping New Zealand, or you may want to commit 100% by referring only to ‘Aotearoa’. Kei a koe te tikanga, it’s up to you! But we will support you and your efforts pau te kaha.

Register yourself or group now! Join the Oha team, join the Aotearoa team.

Toha atu, share it far and wide. Tag us at #ohaaotearoa

Nau mai, piki mai - Join us

Oha mai, toha atu.
It starts with one word - Aotearoa.

Register now



Check out our ‘How to say AOTEAROA 101’ brought you to by our very own Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei teacher Rawinia. Get rolling those rrrrrrrs Aotearoa!

Te Tohu.

After registering, you will receive the official Oha Aotearoa tohu/mark. Place it on your website, make it your profile pic etc. It's an easy way to show to the world your commitment to the word 'Aotearoa'.

oha tohu


The Mangopare is at the heart of our design. It depicts the Hammerhead shark and represents determination and strength.

Once registered, you‘ll receive an email with access to:

  • Official Oha tohu
  • Extra te reo resources
  • Oha certificate (check them out below)

You will also be asked for permission to share your name on this webpage as an Oha Aotearoa participant.

Oha Aotearoa - Thank you for joining us on this journey.


  • Jay Lal Patel
  • Ngapera Arthur-Witika
  • Pip Wallace
  • Debbie Blythe
  • Barry Christiansen
  • Hariata Ngatai
  • Cathlin Ward
  • Lisa Crowley
  • Isabella
  • Cascade Leggett
  • Sanjana Dhanak
  • Tatjana
  • Valerie Marra
  • Aindriu Macfehin
  • Bernard Hall
  • Neil Ballantyne
  • Dr Mark Harvey
  • Laura Macfehin
  • Wendy Harper
  • Chrissy
  • Tāmati Patuwai
  • Iona ward
  • Mei Hill
  • Helen McNaught
  • Huria Carr
  • Caoimhe Macfehin
  • Katie Brown
  • Gina Graham
  • Hope Puriri
  • Anahera Waru
  • Thomas Irvine
  • Carole Tilman
  • Perwez Abdullah
  • Graham Oliver
  • Jude
  • Dave Burnside
  • Rebecca Dawson
  • Karla Matua
  • Brad Pogson
  • Griffa  Rivers
  • Merania Kerehoma
  • John Nicol
  • Nellie Clay
  • Te Aomihia Tumai
  • Troy Brockbank
  • Prunella Coulthard
  • Drina paratene
  • Frances Naera
  • Carol Monga
  • Rangimarie Mccoll
  • Mervyn Kerehoma
  • Carol Ridler
  • Renée Orr
  • Sariah Witika
  • Maria Marilyn Harris
  • Chloe Putt-Noema
  • Wahine Akarana
  • Max Burt
  • Braxton Lennox Zaitsev
  • Nikki
  • Deon Martin-Rata
  • Dori Ned
  • John McNicholas
  • Zoe Waru
  • Ngaraiti Rice
  • Anahera Rawiri
  • Sue Abel
  • Tui Makoare-Iefata
  • Linda Pelling
  • Chloe may Mclaren
  • Kura M Ratapu
  • Caroline Taylor
  • John Keith Butters
  • Rangi Thompson
  • Hinewai Clarke
  • Treasa Dunworth
  • Karen Peihopa
  • Aaron Kawharu Wiese
  • Catherine Olsen
  • Mihisara De Waas
  • Brent Neighbour
  • Mardi Paul
  • Val Panui
  • Steven Whale
  • Ngawaiata Hauraki
  • Sarah Everitt
  • Vieanna Royal
  • Toni Rewiri
  • Orion Johnson
  • Diana
  • Titaha Gillman
  • Kiri Parata
  • Katrin Wilson
  • Tamara Hemana
  • Raureka Gray
  • Elizabeth Kanivatoa
  • Elliot Collins
  • Marlz Kereopa
  • Ravyn Le-Dawn Tua
  • Gareth Davis
  • Celesse Paraima
  • Tama Morehu
  • Fiona Smith
  • Lisa Pahau
  • Suzanne Watene
  • Colleen Smith
  • Joseph Davies
  • Jo Manuel
  • Louvilisi Malu
  • Jordan Waetford
  • Viola Anderson
  • Sonya Ihimaera
  • Michelle Mearns
  • Tim Pare
  • Ben Preston
  • Charmaine Pountney
  • Demelza Challies-Kolk
  • Atakura Hunia
  • Tiare
  • Denise Ewe
  • Ngawaiata Hauraki
  • Raewyn Stenner
  • Tiana Carter
  • Caroline Vizor
  • Deirdre Nesbit
  • Dave Wood
  • Merania Kerehoma
  • Ron Brownson
  • Pete Bernhardt


  • Vodafone Aotearoa
  • DDB Group
  • Splore Festival
  • Mad Ave Community Trust
  • RISE2025 Aotearoa
  • Ngā Wātene Māori o Akarana
  • Moihi Purangi Whānau
  • Tanya Cumberland and Whānau
  • Adrenalin Group
  • Ngā Tauira Māori
  • Fly NZ
  • Brightly
  • Te Whānau o Kanivatoa
  • Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa
  • Aotearoa Resettled Community Coalition


Certificate for individual.

Once registered, you will receive a certificate to display and share.

Certificate for collective.

Once registered, you will receive a certificate to display and share with your group.

Sharing the arOHA

“The adoption of Aotearoa as our defining name is a thoughtful and deeply sensitive proposal and campaign. You are to be, unequivocally, congratulated. For the record, I am an-almost-70-year-old-grumpy-male-Pakeha. For all those shortcomings, I still recognise the importance of defining ourselves in terms of our indigenous cultural histories, of Māoritanga; it engenders both pride and identity.”

“When travelling overseas I fill my departure and arrival cards, both here in Aotearoa, NZ & overseas, using; Country of Origin: Aotearoa, NZ and Ethnicity: Maori. I have never been stopped and made to change anything. We’ve done it for years.”

Nau mai, piki mai - Join us

Oha mai, toha atu.
It starts with one word - Aotearoa.

Register now