Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
Ngāti Whātua are an indigenous people of New Zealand. We are a hapu of the wider Ngāti Whātua iwi located in and around the Tāmaki isthmus and New Zealand's largest city, Auckland. We have a rich history in Tāmaki Makaurau dating back to the very beginnings of human Māori migration from Hawaiiki. We welcome those of you who are Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, and encourage you to become familiar with your history and your culture. To those of you who are not Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, we invite you to learn about us.
Me Mihi ki tō tātau Kaihanga i te tuatahi, ka tika. Nāna nei ngā mea katoa. E ngā karanga maha, ngā manuhiri tuarangi, ngā waewae tapu, nau mai, haere mai. Haere mai ki Tāmaki Herenga Waka. Mauria mai ō koutou tini mate, ā me herengia ki ngā mate o konei. Nā koutou i tangi, nā tātau katoa. Ka ea ai te kōrero, āpiti hono, tātai hono, ko rātau te hunga mate kia rātau. Ko tātau te hunga ora kia tātau. Tihewā Mauri Ora.
The people of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei are a hapu (sub-tribe), of the Ngāti Whātua iwi (tribe) based in New Zealand’s largest city, Tāmaki Makaurau, commonly known as Auckland.
Today, we number over 5,000 people who are scattered throughout the world.
However, our home-fires are centred around the Ōrākei Marae, a mere 10 minutes from the central business district of Auckland.
Ngāti Whātua’s occupation in Tāmaki Makaurau began in the 17th century when Te Tāōū, a hapu (sub-tribe) of Ngāti Whātua campaigned against Waiohua, the former proprietors of Tāmaki Makaurau.
This was under the principal leadership of Tuperiri. Tuperiri remained, consolidating Ngāti Whātua in Tāmaki Makaurau.As such, every member of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei can trace their whakapapa (genealogy) to Tuperiri and are descended from the 3 hapu (sub-tribes): Te Tāōū, Ngāoho and Te Uringutu, collectively referred to as Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. Today, the collective affairs of the sub-tribe are looked after by the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust.
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