Our marae: Ngā Wai o Horotiu

The gateway to AUT, Ngā Wai o Horotiu marae is located on the City Campus and can be hired for community use.

Significance of Ngā Wai o Horotiu marae

Ngā Wai o Horotiu marae is a whānau, cultural and spiritual centre. It embraces the history of Māori and welcomes the diverse cultures at AUT.

The marae is one of the ways AUT acknowledges the importance of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and expresses our deeply held belief that AUT is a centre of learning for all peoples, but also a place where Māori have a special and distinct role.

Hiring the marae

Ngā Wai o Horotiu is on the corner of Wellesley and St Paul's Street in Auckland.

The marae has capacity for 100 people. Use the online form or contact Michelle Robin for more information or to make a booking.

Book the marae online
Download marae protocol information

Phone: (09) 921 9999 ext 8819
Email: michelle.robin@aut.ac.nz

Inside the AUT marae

The marae’s meeting house and dining room each have meaningful names.

The wharenui (meeting house)

Our marae’s meeting house was named Te Pūrengi by the local iwi Ngāti Whātua. The name represents the ropes which hold the mast of a waka in place. Te Pūrengi is the focal point of Ngā Wai o Horotiu.

The wharekai (dining room)

Our dining room is called te Kaipara after the Kaipara Harbour. Ngāti Whātua traversed the Kaipara from the North. The word ‘para’ is a reference to the para fern which is a traditional Māori delicacy. Kai-para means ‘to eat the para fern’. It’s a fitting name for our dining room. Kaipara – the house of gourmet food.