Te Tai – Treaty Settlement Stories

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Land returned 1840–2020

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei people share their experiences of reclaiming their lands and uplifting the mana, integrity and dignity of their hapū.



Margaret Kāwharu speaks about the leadership of rangatira Apihai Te Kawau and Pāora Tūhaere, how they maintained the mana of Ngāti Whātua, their generosity, and their civic contributions to the burgeoning new city of Auckland.

Video: Whai Maia Trust 1 Ltd

Video: Whai Maia Trust 1 Ltd



Danny (Te Puna) Tūmahai and Grant (Pakihana) Hawke recount their memories and experiences of growing up with elders at Te Puru o Tāmaki and the Ōkahu papakāinga (settlement) before it was razed to the ground by Auckland City Council officials in 1952. It was deemed to be an eyesore for the Queen during her visit the following year.


Land rights

Joe Hawke and Sharon Hawke offer an intimate and stark view of life before and after the 506-day protest and occupation at Bastion Point.

Video: Whai Maia Trust 1 Ltd

Video: Whai Maia Trust 1 Ltd


Healing the hurt

Matt Maihi discusses the mamae (hurt) around the rift between the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei community who lived in state housing and the leaders of the Bastion Point occupation. The community continues to address this and the historical and collective trauma endured by the hapū since the 1820s.

Video: Whai Maia Trust 1 Ltd

Legacy and future

Rangimārie Rāwiri talks about the processes related to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s Treaty claims, and her contribution to the mahi. Ngārimu Blair and Sharon Hawke look beyond past issues and dare to imagine what life could be like for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei if they allow themselves to believe anything is possible.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei are continuously researching their history. This published narrative is done to the best of their knowledge.

First published in 2021 by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Manatū Taonga.

© Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei 2021.