Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai ki te matapihi tirohanga o te Te Aakitai Whenua
Te Aakitai Tangata, ara “Kei Taamaki te Rua o Te Waiohua”
Kia kotahi tatou i raro i te Kiingitanga. Ki te whai atu nga rongo pai mo tatou Uri whakatupu.
Te Kaahu Pokere o Tamaki Makaurau e kore i ngaro i te hinapouri
The Black hawk of Taamaki will never disappear into the darkness.
Ko te mea nui i tenei ao? He tangata.

Te Akitai Waiohua May 2020 Update 


May 18 Update: Changes to Tangihanga during Alert Level 2 can be found here. Information regarding future Maori employment can be found here.

May 11 Update: We will be shifting to Alert Level 2 on May 14. For a more in depth look at life under Alert Level 2, you can click here.

It has been just over a month since New Zealand entered Alert Level 4 Lockdown to slow down the progress of the COVID-19 outbreak. Now in Alert Level 3 there is a little more freedom for some to return to work and school or access food, online goods and services.

However, the rule to remain at home if possible is still widely encouraged to ensure the spread of COVID-19 can be managed.

How long will Alert Level 3 last?
Alert Level 3 was scheduled for two weeks before a decision could be made by the government on what happens next. Whether New Zealand remains at Level 3, goes back to Level 4 or drops to Alert Level 1 will likely be tied to any progress made with slowing down the virus.

What am I allowed to do during Alert Level 3?
For a full list of up to date rules and regulations in regards to Level 3, read the official COVID page here.

The latest Te Ākitai Waiohua Panui for May 2020 has also been released and can be found here

A government response action plan was also developed in April to establish an initial framework for protecting the health and well-being of Māori communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find more information here.

Resources for those in need of assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic are available here

Noho kainga, Noho haumaru, Noho ora mai 
Stay home, Stay safe, Stay well

Te Akitai Waiohua April 2020 Update (COVID-19)


A lot has happened since our last update. With the arrival of COVID-19 we have had to shut down Te Ākitai Waiohua operations and delay future projects. This has also resulted in Pukaki Marae being closed until further notice.

The latest Te Ākitai Waiohua Panui for April 2020 has also been released and can be found


7 April Update: Useful welfare articles for whanau have been released by the government which can be found herehere and here.

What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an infectious disease that affects the human respiratory system. 
Like the flu, COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person. Scientific evidence confirms that COVID-19 is spread by droplets. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, they may generate droplets containing the virus. These droplets quickly settle on surrounding surfaces.

People may become infected by the virus if they touch those surfaces or objects, and then touch their mouth, nose or eyes. That is why it is really important to regularly wash (for at least 20 seconds or the length of time to sing the happy birthday song “Hari Huri Tau” twice) and thoroughly dry your hands and to also cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.

But did you know:

- SARS-CoV-2 is the name of the virus that causes COVID-19
- Coronavirus is the group or type of virus that SARS-CoV-2 belongs to
- SARS-CoV-2 is a novel or new coronavirus meaning there is no human immunity to it. This means the virus can spread to and be spread by anybody
- It can take up to 14 days before a person starts feeling sick and showing symptoms of COVID-19. In that time a person could unintentionally be infecting other people they come into contact with

Why is COVID-19 such a risk?

The virus affects the body by entering the lungs and killing lung cells to replicate itself. This triggers the body's natural immune response that causes inflammation and creates fluid in the lungs. Inflamed lungs filling with fluid is known as pneumonia, which leads to breathing problems that prevent oxygen from getting to the body.

The common cold or flu does not normally lead to pneumonia unless a person already has a vulnerable or compromised immune system. However, COVID-19 comes from a novel coronavirus and can lead to death from pneumonia or other related complications, such as organ failure due to a lack of oxygen, depending on how a person’s immune system responds.

This is why people at high risk from COVID-19 tend to be older, obese or have diabetes and high blood pressure where the immune system, lungs and organs may be vulnerable. It also highlights the need for medical respirators, which allow the body to receive oxygen when the lungs cannot function properly for breathing.

What can be done about COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 but there are various ways to prevent the spread of the virus including:
- Regularly washing your hands
- Avoiding contact with your eyes, nose and mouth
- Covering your coughs and sneezes

- Keeping your distance from other people
- Self isolating and away from crowded places or anybody that has a fever or cough


Key information about COVID-19 can be found here on the official government website. In addition, there is also information for Māori which can be accessed here

Please keep safe and stay at home whanau.

Te Ākitai Waiohua Iwi Authority Hui a Iwi May 2018 Update

Te Ākitai Waiohua Iwi Authority held a Hui a Iwi on Saturday 12th May 2018 at Pūkaki Marae in Mangere. Updates were provided on our Treaty Settlement and Housing Developments as well as a vote for an early on account payment of our treaty settlement quantum. 

Voting ended at 1:00pm and the results are in. Te Ākitai Waiohua voted unanimously to support the early on account payment of our treaty settlement quantum. 100% of voters ticked "Yes".

Thank you to all those who took the time to come and vote, your support is always welcome.


Te Ākitai Waiohua Special General Meeting 5 August 2017 Update

The Special General Meeting of the Te Ākitai Waiohua Settlement Trust was held on Saturday 5 August 2017 at Pūkaki Marae.

Voting ended on Friday 11 August 2017 and the results are in. Te Ākitai Waiohua voted unanimously to accept both Special Resolutions to approve a Major Transaction and amend the definition of Major Transaction in the PSGE trust deed, so 100% of voters ticked "Yes" for each special resolution.

Thank you to those who took the time to participate and vote whether it was through post, email or at the Special General Meeting itself. Your support is appreciated.


Te Ākitai Waiohua Annual General Meeting Results 2017

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Te Ākitai Waiohua Iwi Authority was held on Saturday 24 June 2017 at Pukaki Marae, Mangere.

Two people put their name forward as nominees for the two vacant negotiator positions. Both nominees were accepted as the new negotiators and
votes were counted on the day to show level of support

Congratulations to Adrian Pettit and Shirley Waipouri who have now been affirmed as the new negotiators for Te Ākitai Waiohua Iwi Authority to join
existing members Karen Wilson, Nigel Denny Jr and David Wilson Takaanini. 

Te Ākitai Waiohua Treaty Settlement 2017 Update

Te Ākitai Waiohua Iwi Authority held a settlement negotiation update hui on Tuesday 13 December 2016 where an outline of the Agreement in Principle (AIP) with the Crown was presented to those people who attended. The Authority signed the AIP on Friday 16 December 2016. The AIP and OTS letter in support can be found here and here. Now the authority will attempt to reach a Deed of Settlement (DOS) with the Crown this year.

A series of up to 3 (three) Hui a Iwi may have to be held this year relating to the settlement claims. No dates have been decided yet. Please submit any change of address, phone, mobile and email details or those of your whanau, so everyone can be notified accordingly.  

This is also a good opportunity to enrol whanau who are not yet registered as members of Te Ākitai Waiohua. Member Enrolment forms can be found here. Please make contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need further assistance or have any other queries on these matters.


Te Ākitai Waiohua Treaty Settlement Update

The voting and ratification process for the Tamaki Makaurau Collective Treaty Settlement concluded with more than half of the registered members of Te ĀkitaiWaiohua participating in the voting process. Those that did vote showed overwhelming support in favour of the settlement - over 90% of participants voted 'yes' to the settlement and PSGE. 

The position of Te Ākitai Waiohua had to be revised due to events leading up to the original planned signing of the Collective Deed of Settlement in early September. This led to an exhaustive process of consultation and dialogue with various parties including the people of Te Ākitai Waiohua.  

At the end of this process, the signing of the Collective Deed of Settlement and the Terms of Negotiation for Te Ākitai Waiohua occurred in Wellington on Tuesday 4 December 2012 between the negotiators of Te Ākitai Waiohua Iwi Authority and the Hon Christopher Finlayson, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations. 

Te Ākitai Waiohua Plaque

The commemorative plaque for Te Ākitai Waiohua Rangatira Ihaka Takaanini was unveiled at the opening of Wiri Depot on 5 July 2013. 

The plaque is mounted on stone quarried from Wiri Mountain (Matukutururu) and is found outside of the Wiri Maintenance and Stabling Facility bordered by Roscommon and Wiri Station Roads in Wiri, Auckland. Built partially on the old Winstone's quarry, Wiri Depot is a new site where the electric trains of Auckland's growing train network will be held and maintained. 

Pictures of the plaque can be found under the gallery

Taonga Tuturu Maori Land Court Decision

Please find attached the final decision of the Maori Land Court in April 2013 determining Te Ākitai Waiohua as the traditional owners of 192 Taonga Tūturu found at Auckland Airport. 

This case involved a large number of koiwi (human remains) and ancient taonga tūturu found in 2008 and 2009 at Auckland International Airport Limited (AIAL) in Mangere, at an Airport runway development site. After they were unearthed, AIAL stored the artefacts in a container for over 18 months, although normal practice requires such koiwi and taonga to be reburied.  

Disagreement on what should happen caused delays and aggravated the problem. These issues made the newspapers at the time (to read the article please click here and here). 

The 192 taonga tuturu were dated by archaeologists as being from the time period 1620AD to 1870AD, which made the finding of regional if not national significance. The Ministry for Culture and Heritage became involved, as it is assumed under the Protected Objects Act 1975 that any taonga tūturu found are owned by the Crown, until the Maori Land Court determines the traditional owners. 

To ensure we were able to have the final say on what happened to the taonga tūturu, Te Ākitai Waiohua were required to prove before the Maori Land Court, traditional ownership over the taonga in our rohe through the 1600-1870AD period. After submitting our briefs of evidence, Judge Stephanie Milroy accepted the position of Te Ākitai Waiohua at a Court sitting on 20 April 2013. 

This is an important legal decision for Te Ākitai Waiohua because not only does it allow us to retain control over our important taonga, but it reaffirms the status of Te Ākitai Waiohua in the region. 

Maori Land Court Decision