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Ko Te Pukaki

Ko Te Pukaki is the name given to Ecological Restoration Project est 2001 eco sourcing from within the Tāmaki Ecological district for NWŌ Whenua Rangatira (Takaparawhau) co-managed by NWō Reserves Board est 1991 

Ko Te Pukaki taken from a whakatauki used by kaumātua when the location of NWŌ Wharenui Timtimuwhenua was chosen and the first turning of soil enhanced with karakia for the mauri of Ōrākei Marae  

Ōkahu Rākau contracted name for planting projects outside of the Whenua Rangatira numerous amounts of projects Henderson Valley (Anawhata Awa), Eskdale Reserve, Point England, Pourewa , Maungawhau ,Browns Bay, Ōrākei Rd, CBD just to name a few.

With this shift of Ōkahu Rākau, it allowed us to extend our Nursery capability to increase our volume of plants propagation but the same basic principles of employing our people educating, horticulture, landscaping, planting pallet designs.

Botanical and Māori names of plants their uses Rongoā raranga appropriate placements encompassing learnings of surrounding aspects of the environment 



No poisons allowed making this very labour-intensive work, instil work ethics , learning practical skills ,tool maintenance , chainsaws, scrub cutters, Mowing Tractors, small mowers, correct use of hand tools, Identification of pest plants, priority Native plant identification, Nursery work, propagation, eco-sourcing, learning maramataka, Bee Apiary, Parakore Composting, kai māra Worm Bins, Bokashi, Riparians, Pest trapping possums rats, mussel restoration at Ōkahu Bay, bird monitoring Lichen studies, Freshwater management Rain gardens NWŌ mātauranga and hītori.

The environment and climate conditions we work in are challenging always stoking the fires of passion and unifying a common with all human behaviours good and bad is a skill not often attained or recognised but on reflection it is the most rewarding  

From this Management Plan the Project at Pourewa uses all that knowledge gained of 20yrs to flourish and enhance NWŌ journey of manaakitanga to the greater people of Tāmaki Makaurau but most importantly the mana of our NWŌ Tāngata in connection with our lands and moana 

To all who have touched this project at all levels ka nui te mihi.

Take a look at the effect our ecological restoration plan has had on Whenua Rangatira.

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Whenua Rangatira Updates

In the lead up to Matariki, significant work is underway across our whenua Rangatira. From Te Ao Manatū to Takaparawhau Events Area, here's the latest.

Te Ao Manatū: Nestled at the heart of Takaparawhau, Te Ao Manatū, also known as the three rocks close to where Te Arohanui stood during the Bastion Point occupation. Collaborating with Xanthe from White Design who is designing the installation to honour its importance as wāhi tapu. A special acknowledgment goes to our talented whanaunga, Kaea Tamaariki, as the lead designer.

Takaparawhau & Ōkahu Signage: Exciting times ahead with the planned rollout of new signage across Takaparawhau and Ōkahu. This project is a collaborative effort, incorporating colours from the Resene palette and drawing on the graphic expertise and historical knowledge of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

Takaparawhau Events Area: We're on a mission to elevate the Takaparawhau events area! Groundwork, including decompaction and aeration, is underway to ensure optimal conditions, especially during the winter season. Kia mau tonu mai e te whānau. Keep an eye out for more updates over the coming months.

Papa Tākaro: We’re currently in the initial stages of the Papa Tākaro project. The delivery team welcomes those interested in contributing to join the Project Working Group. The purpose of the group is to provide guidance and advice, please express your interest by filling in the form here.

EV Charging Stations: Supporting our HIKO EV initiative, we have installed three (3) EV charging stations at Ōrākei Marae, in the vicinity of the carpark beside Tumanako House. The installation was complete at the beginning of April, 2024. Promoting not only a greener mode of transport but the benefits on sustainability and economic advances for whānau.

Three (3) electric Hiko vehichles were purchased to serve as a shared waka kaupapa based at Ōrākei Marae in 2024. Allowing whānau the ability to use the Hiko EV for special events and iwi kaupapa.

Learn more about our HIKO initiative and keep up to date with future HIKO kaupapa by visiting our website herehttps://bit.ly/3VL0Fsy