An interactive tour of the Epsom campus marae Te Aka Matua ki Te Pou Hawaiki and the wharenui Tūtahi Tonu. Includes video clips, images and explanations of what to expect from a pōwhiri at the marae.
Te Aka Matua ki Te Pou Hawaiki Marae
The name of the marae – Te Aka Matua ki Te Pou Hawaiki – acknowledges the history of the area.
Ancestors of the Tāmaki people brought soil with them from Hawaiki. It was buried on top of a hill which is now a part of Te Kura Akoranga o Tāmaki Makaurau.
This place was highly tapu (sacred) to the early Auckland tribes, especially the Waiohua people who lived on and around Maungawhau (Mt Eden). They came to Te Pou Hawaiki to perform their karakia (prayers) before beginning an expedition and again on their return. The tūāhu, or sacred altar, was located there.
In 1973 Mahuta Tuhura, a student at the Epsom Campus, promoted the idea of a marae. The idea was supported by staff and students within the Māori Studies Department and across campus. Tarutaru Rankin was the Head of Māori Studies at that time, and he was the main driver behind the project. Mark Klaricich was the main carver and on Saturday 19 November 1983, the wharenui – Tūtahi Tonu – was officially opened.
Find out what to expect from a pōwhiri/welcome at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work marae in Epsom. Includes Faculty waiata.
A list of te tiriti-related skills and knowledge that are expected for students that might be helpful for staff as well.
This programme introduces University of Auckland staff to Māori language pronunciation and tikanga (customs), as well as a history of Māori-Pākehā relations. It is also an opportunity for open and safe discussion about how the university’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi affects workplace practice.
Taumata Teitei is the University of Auckland’s Vision 2030 and Strategic Plan 2025 document. The Plan highlights the underpinning principles of Manaakitanga, Whanaungatanga and Kaitiakitanga. The University’s response to Treaty partnership responsibilities is articulated in the document.
Discover the history of New Zealand’s landscape, its people, events, places, identity and cultures from sites like Te Ara, Te Papa, DigitalNZ and NZ History.