Te Maori Cultural Centre

Te Maori Cultural Centre

The building’s external walls are a protective presence with rhythmic full height glazing balanced with pre-cast concrete panels bearing a pattern derived from pātikitiki (flounder) designs generated in response to the structural, weathering, and aspirational requirements of the brief. The timber-moulded design conjures multiple readings, from carved timber to woven tukutuku panels to the stars that aided early navigation to Aotearoa.

Internally the walls of the waka gallery incorporate timbers of differing width, depth, species and finish, evoking the Totora forest from whence the waka came. The honed concrete floor was seeded with stones from the local Awakairangi Hutt River and speaks of the waka resting on the beach or river. The building is a vital repository for the local people and taonga at Waiwhetu. Its presence recognises Waiwhetu as a community who treasure their historical arts and cultural heritage

Te Aroha Sports are a sporting organisation which has been formed to act as an umbrella for sporting codes. We have both summer and winter sports affiliated to our club. We also operate a Fitness Centre and a Clubroom Facilities which are both based on Te Whiti Park in Waiwhetu.

Te Māori Waiwhetu Cultural Centre is a key building within the local community conceived as a Whare Taonga (Repository of Treasures) that also houses various community functions for Taranaki Whanui o Atiawa. The building is set on a north–south axis with a strong custodial relationship to the surrounding landscape and ceremonial presence in conjunction with the Marae wharenui.

Ko Pukeatua te marae Ko Te Awakairangi te awa Ko Te Atiawa te iwi Ko Waiwhetu te marae Ko Arohanui ki te Tangata te whare Ko Te Atiawa no runga i te Rangi

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Te Runanganui o Te Atiawa

Te Atiawa holds the responsibility for “Manawhenua Maori” obligations to all iwi Maori of Aotearoa for Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui.

In addition, as a Treaty of Waitangi signatory, Te Atiawa has its present-day partnership relationship with the New Zealand Government.

Te Atiawa have long term habitation with Whare Tupuna and Urupa in Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui, and have always included whānau members of Taranaki Whānui with their origins in Taranaki, Waikanae, Picton, and Paraparaumu. [More]

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(04) 566 8214

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The Supreme Award of the Wellington Airport Regional Community Award Winners

Te Ra o te Raukura, annual whanau community festival held at Waiwhetu Marae were recipients in 2017 for the Supreme Award.


The festival promotes health, education, entertainment, culture and whanau values through a range of stalls and activities.


It’s about coming together to share local iwi (Te Atiawa) histories and culture to the wider regions and to both Maori and non Maori.

Arts & Culture category

  • Winner - Te Ra o te Raukura

Opening in 2018, Waiwhetu Artesian Aquifer Free to Public

A product of the sub-harbour Waiwhetu Artesian Aquifer are leakage from submarine springs.

This aquifer is a sheet of gravel and other coarse sediments which continues from the Lower Hutt Valley and extends beneath Wellington Harbour.


It varies in thickness from approximately 70m against the Wellington Fault scarp to just over 20m thick against the eastern harbour margin.


The water it contains is a valuable resource supplying approximately one third of Wellington's municipal water consumption.


Te Mana o Ngā Whenua

Te Atiawa Kaumātua who signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 for Te Upoko o te Ika were of Te Atiawa tribal descent. Thus, Te Rūnanganui with the Te Atiawa Tribal Council, represent Te Atiawa and their Treaty partnership responsibilities with the Crown.

Te Atiawa Whanui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika is a grouping of descendants of tupuna who were in the Port Nicholson Block rohe in 1840.


They descend from tupuna of Te Ātiawa, Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngāti Tama. A kaitiaki role is carried for Ngāti Mutunga.

Read the Port Nicholson Block (Taranaki Whanui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika) Deed of Settlement. (PDF 238K)

Our Address

Level 2, Te Maori Arts and Cultural Centre

61 Guthrie Street

Waiwhetu, Te Upoko o Te Ika

Aotearoa New Zealand

Contact Us

TEL: (04) 566 8308 

E-MAIL: info@atiawa.com

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