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Kāinga Kaumātua

Our kaumātua are an integral part of the fabric of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. It’s important to us that they have warm, dry, low maintenance whare to live in with easy access to our marae on the papakāinga.

We’re pleased to begin construction for 10 brand-new purpose built whare at the end of Atareta Street.

Key Dates

  • 1 December 2020 – Karakia to bless the site
  • 7 December 2020 – GJ Gardner and Vector on site to begin service relocation and earthworks
  • March 2021 – Construction to begin
  • September 2021 – Estimated completion date

Work hours

Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 5pm
Saturday (when possible), 9am to 5pm

The Journey So Far


In July last year, we announced that planning was underway for additional housing for kaumātua at Atareta Street. The first step was for our contractors to test the soil, ground conditions, groundwater and review the services and utilities such as sewerage, stormwater and electricity, to give us a better understanding of what could be built on the whenua.


We worked closely with our kaumātua through Te Taumata and a working rōpu to inform the design process of 10 brand new whare (5 duplex blocks). Their kōrero has provided real insight into the layout of the whare and our architects at Jasmax have taken their whakaaro to ensure the whare are fit for purpose and the look and feel is more cohesive with the marae and other kāinga in Ōrākei.


With the whenua blessed and G.J. Gardner and Vector preparing to work on-site, the most crucial step in the plan is about to begin, the construction of the purpose built whare. 


G.J Gardner are the lead contractors building these whare. They've sub-contracted whānau businesses to help with the build and we're pleased to be able to provide opportunities for whānau to work on the whenua to provide homes for our kaumātua.

What will the whare look like?

Concept designs for the 10 new whare

Aerial view looking to West Auckland
An area to come together with views over the harbour maintained
Each whare is inspired by the designs of Tumutumuwhenua


Ngā mihi nunui to the people we are working with to build these whare.


Te Puni Kokiri has generously assisted with funding the infrastructure elements of this project such as services line removals, earthworks, new underground services and roading.

Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry for Housing and Urban Development is a proud funding partner of Kāinga Kaumātua. They are committed to advancing the housing and urban development outcomes of Māori.

Auckland Council has also provided a grant under its Cultural Initiatives Fund to support hapū and iwi to establish papakāinga housing.


  • Jasmax Architects
  • Aurecon
  • Forme Planning
  • G.J Gardner



We will provide regular updates via our hapū e-pānui and at the monthly Taumata hui.


If you have any pātai, email [email protected]

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