Hillary Block, North Shore

Hillary is the first stage of five stages of development on Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei land holdings on the North Shore.  The Hillary Block is one of seven blocks of surplus Navy lands purchased by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei through it's 2012 WAI388 Treaty of Waitangi Settlement.
The SHA was approved in 2016 for a 350-lot development on the Hillary Block.

Construction for this project is due to start in 2018.

More information on North Shore development email:  wrl@ngatiwhatuaorakei.com


Moire Rd, Massey

Moire Rd, Massey is a Joint Venture between Fletcher Residential Limited and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Limited which will see 197-houses built on former Crown owned land that was enabled by the Crown Release land programme.  

First homes are due for completion in August 2017 with 30% of the homes being 'affordable'.


Laurel Street Block, Mt Albert

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Limited owns 3 blocks within the UNITEC Campus, the Laurel Street Block.  

A Resource Consent for the Laurel St block has been lodged which seeks to develop approximately 50-mixed use residential houses on the site.


Photo Credits:  Helen Bankers (images 6,7,8,9,10,11,12)
Photo Credits:  The Hobson (images 13,14,15,16,17,18)


Kāinga Tuatahi

Papakāinga Housing Development
Orakei, Auckland

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 Orākei. 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 Orākei 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 also 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. 

The project is a one of the first qualifying developments under the HASHA legislation to be completed. Planning and design took into account the Orākei Masterplan and Orākei Design Guidelines which were developed by the hapū over a decade to provide for thoughtful future development of the Orākei papakāinga.

The design of the homes has incorporated a significant number of “sustainability” features, including high levels of insulation, double glazing, cross ventilation of spaces and communal vegetable gardens. The buildings have been designed to have long lives, and to be cost-effective for their owners. Maintenance should be minimal, and a long term sinking fund has been established to ensure that appropriate funds are on hand when such work is required. 

Overall, it is a unique example of medium design papakāinga housing that has been made possible through utilizing a range of planning mechanisms. The project achieves a balance between incorporating sustainable design principles (including solar panels) while ensuring that the homes remain (relatively) affordable, allowing many whānau who are currently living outside of Orākei back to the whenua and in doing so, will reinforce Orākei as the heart of the hapū.