Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei tell their history on the anniversary of Te Tiriti signing

 Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei tell their history on the anniversary of Te Tiriti signing

A new online resource launched today sharing the history of North Island iwi Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei – including their long association with Tāmaki Makaurau

(Auckland), their Te Tiriti o Waitangi settlement and their aspirations for the future.

A collaboration between Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, this resource is the fifth story to be launched as part of the Ministry’s Te Tai Treaty Settlement Stories programme.

“I congratulate Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei on the launch of this new resource, which will be a source of insight and inspiration for their rangatahi, as well as all New Zealanders who want to learn about the history of Aotearoa,” Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan says.

“Today is also an important day for the iwi as it marks the date in 1840 their tupuna Apihai Te Kawau signed Te Tiriti o Waitangi, signalling the beginning of a relationship with the Crown.

“Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique approach to managing and resolving matters of nationhood is internationally recognised, but we have much more to learn about each another.

“A wider public appreciation of our history, including increased awareness and deeper understanding of Te Tiriti settlements, builds capacity for compassion and unity in our communities,” Kiri Allan says.

The online resource was launched at the Silky Otter Cinema in Ōrakei this morning, with a screening of selected short videos from the multi-media story.

The Te Tai Treaty Settlement story for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is available here: (English) (te reo Māori)


Launch event:

The Te Tai launch event for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei will take place at 10am on Saturday 20 March 2021 at the Silky Otter Cinemas, 228 Orakei Road, Orakei, Auckland. Please get in touch with Rawinia Maihi – if you wish to attend.

For the Editor:

The name of Te Tai stems from Te Tai Whakaea which means the uplifting tide. Te Tai Whakaea reflects the close connection we have with the land and sea and also expresses that Treaty of Waitangi claims and settlements have created opportunities to both acknowledge our history as a nation and contemplate the landscape of our future.

Media contact: Ben McLachlan 021 194 9083

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