Toi Taiao

Kākahuria te whenua, kākahuria te moana

Kākahuria te whenua, kākahuria te moana means to adorn the land and adorn the sea.  

This statement reminds us of our collective responsibility as tāngata whenua, as Ahi Kā and as members of the wider communities of Ōrākei, Tāmaki and Aotearoa that the impacts of our activities on the land and sea, have a reciprocal impact on us as humans occupying these areas. From the inception of the restoration project “Ko te Pūkākī” in 2001 the kaupapa evolved into Okahu Rākau nurseries, then Toi Whenua and now Toi Taiao. We have an inherited task and responsibility to be a conduit and make sure our whānau is grounded and remain connected to our natural environment. 


Toi Taiao has two main factions,

  • Pou Kōkiri

    Pou Kōkiri leads all operational kaupapa across continued ecological regeneration, native nursery operation, kai sovereignty, landscaping, parakore.

  • Pou Tūhono

    Pou Tūhono seeks to connect people, place and kaupapa through cultural heritage, policy, advocacy and arts. 

Cultural Heritage & Response

We have kaimahi dedicated to preserving and enhancing our cultural heritage and providing cultural response services such as site blessings. 

Our team is on the ground leading cultural heritage response across Te Puru o Tāmaki – Auckland Central Isthmus.  

We provide cultural, historical, and environmental monitoring support on developments throughout our rohe. 

The driving force behind our mahi is ensuring our taiao and cultural heritage are protected and enhanced through culturally competent advice and support.