Working with mana whenua
As an iwi-owned company Ngāi Tahu Property are committed to working with mana whenua in every area where we operate.
The naming of our developments is a process we take time and effort to get right. We are committed to the use of Te Reo Māori and to reinstate indigenous names and narratives into the landscape.
Here at Kerepeti we looked to the traditional value of the area to Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara – the mana whenua iwi authority of the area around Te Onekiritea-Hobsonville Point.
With the agreement of Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Ngāi Tahu Property decided to honour that longstanding heritage, naming its first Tāmaki Makaurau development Kerepeti for the worked, pliable and pressed clay for which the area was known.
Throughout the history of Te Onekiritea the whenua has been a source of this valued resource used for practical, artistic and sacred purposes by Māori.
Post-colonisation, the area was the site of brickworks and other pottery industries providing materials for a growing city.
This is also reflected in the neighbourhood names also approved by Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara – Uku and Kerewhenua relating to blue and yellow clays, respectively.
Most recently Ngāi Tahu Property has begun work on the Kōkōwai neighbourhood, named for the sacred red ochre prized for ceremonial and artistic purposes by the tangata whenua of Aotearoa.
Please note that we do not hold any copyright on our use of these kupu taonga and Ngāi Tahu Property respects the significance and mana of these names to the mana whenua of Te Onekiritea and to Māori nationally.