Oranga Whenua Oranga Tangata

Oranga Whenua, Oranga Tangata – speaks to the heart of Papatuanuku the atua (the guardian) and the marae. We are in pursuit of a vision that has all our whānau who participate at Papatuanuku marae – in relationship with the whenua that sustains and nurtures us, and with each other, as self-sustaining, self-determining healthy communities.

This vision will endure and hold the purpose of our current and future strategies Papatūānuku Marae has evolved its vision over the last 30 years and continues to mihi to the original vision from Whaea Mere – “Kia mau ki tō Māoritanga”.

For Papatuanuku marae this has been achieved with the intergenerational transmission of tikanga and reo that is evident in the rangatahi and tamariki mokopuna who lead our taumata and tikanga on the marae. However this is always a work in progress, and is now imbedded as a stratetic priority under ngā kete mātauranga with the delivery of te reo Māori programmes on site.

The second vision – “To be a vibrant and accessible inner city marae upholding our valued traditions, tikanga and strong community relationships” is also a vision achieved – and although this was a more recent addition in 2018 – on reflection this is less of a vision and more of a description of Papatuanuku marae.

Key Actions

Te Ora O Manuka il Te Hoe O Te Manuka


Restore, maintain and protect mana whenua whakapapa relationship to tāngata, whenua and atua.


Enable active guardianship of whakapapa in current management and planning practices and into the future. Develop and sustain marae, kainga, and wāhi tapu.


Develop a mātauranga Māori framework to safeguard taonga knowledge and achieve a balance with indigenous narratives, western science of our changing climate.


Sustainable circular Māori economic development and grow Māori business ecosystems.


Actively care for and protect whanau and communities in a way that raises their mana.


Rangatahi are facilitators of whakairo from ao Māori perspectives.

Te Puawaitanga o Te Tangata

Self sustaining Māori communities and a life in the well-being of Māori whanau across Tamaki Makaurau