Whenua Rangatira

Under the Ōrākei Act 1991, several parcels of land totalling 64.9 hectares were returned to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. By far the biggest  parcel was the 48.16 hectares known as the Whenua Rangatira.

Co-Management of Reserves

Under the Ōrākei Act 1991 48 hectares of Whenua Rangatira around Takaparawhau and Ōkahu (matamomoe) returned to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. This is co-managed as a reserve with Auckland Council, for the benefit of all Aucklanders. Settlement of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei's WAI 388 claim will see the return of additional land at Pourewa, the majority of which is anticipated to be included as part of an extended Whenua Rangatira. The Deed of Settlement between the Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective (which includes Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei) and the Crown, proposes the return of title to key wāhi tūpuna (such as Maungakiekie and other maunga). These too will need to be co-managed for the benefit of both mana whenua and the wider public.

Booking space on the Whenua Rangatira

Even though the Whenua Rangatira is Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei land, under the 1991 Ōrākei Act we co-manage it with Auckland Council and it is open to public access. It is available for booking by the public and private organisations, and there is a system for managing this. Broadly speaking, if someone wants to stage an event on the Whenua Rangatira requiring structures - such as ezi-ups, marquees, bouncy castles, etc - they need to go through the booking system.

In the first instance this requires discussion about the event with Auckland Council's central events team (phone: 09 301 0101 or email central.events@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. If they confirm the event needs to be formally booked, then an application will need to be filled out. Such applications come through the Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei heritage and resource management unit for consideration, amendment and approval (or not). Whānau still need to go through this process but they should contact the heritage unit too. If the event they want to stage is one we can support, we will advocate on their behalf with our Council partner and help them through the process. For whānau enquiries contact: Toki Taio (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Heritage and Resource Management Unit) Email: tokitaiao@ngatiwhatuaorakei.com

Ko te Pūkākī

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is returning Whenua Rangatira to lush native bush for everyone in the community to enjoy. Our Ōkahu Rākau nursery and bush maintenance team (which employs about 15 whanau full or part-time) is leading this project. With your help, we aim to plant as many native trees as we can and many hands make light work. To visit our Facebook page click here. Contact: Email: okahurakau@ngatiwhatuaorakei.com

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