Kāinga Tuatahi is an innovative residential development on Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei tribal land. Kāinga Tuatahi is a 30-home development comprising of 18 4-bedroom, 9 3-bedroom and 3 2-bedroom homes designed to sit comfortably on the whenua and reflect the landscape of Tāmaki Makaurau and the culture of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.
Kāinga Tuatahi is situated on the Kupe Street ridge line in Ōrākei. The Eastern Portion of the project looks out towards Browns Island and, in the foreground, Mission Bay and the Western Side looks towards Auckland City. It is part of the original Ōrākei block and within 300 metres of the Ōrākei Marae.
In planning the site layout and building orientation, care was taken to maximize the sunlight to each of the homes, and to minimise the impact of the wind. The architects were also directed to focus on connections with, and the enhancement of, the surrounding community, the history of the hapū and its relationship to the whenua, both spiritual and physical.
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