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.
Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 5pm
Saturday (when possible), 9am to 5pm
Concept designs for the 10 new whare
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.