Faculty of Education and Social Work


Read about this unique complex where visitors can be formally welcomed to the faculty.

The History: Te Aka Matua o Te Pou Hawaiki


Ancestors of the Tāmaki people brought soil with them from Hawaiki. It was buried on top of a hill which is now a part of Te Kura Akoranga o Tāmaki Makaurau. A carved pole marked the spot. This place was highly tapu to the early Auckland tribes, especially the Waiohua people who lived on and around Maungawhau (Mt Eden). They came to Te Pou Hawaiki to perform their karakia before beginning an expedition and again on their return. The tuahu, or sacred altar, was located there. The name of the marae - Te Aka Matua o Te Pou Hawaiki - acknowledges this history.

In 1973, Mahuta Tuhura, a student at the Epsom Campus promoted the idea of a marae. The idea was supported by staff and students within the Māori Studies Department and across campus. Tarutaru Rankin was the Head of Māori Studies at that time, and he was the main drive behind the project. Mark Klaricich was the main carver who completed the project in two years and on Saturday November 19, the wharenui - Tūtahi Tonu - was officially opened.

In July 1996, the wharekai was officially named "Te Piringa" having inherited the name from the Early Childhood Centre in H Block which had moved to another area on campus.


Ko Maungawhau, Ko Maungakiekie ngā Maunga
Ko Waitematā, Ko Manuka ngā Whānga
Ko Tūtahi Tonu te Whare
Ko Te Aka Matua o Te Pou Hawaiki te Marae
Ko Niwaru te Waka
Ko Tuputupu Whenua te Tangata


Katene Paenga
Marae Manager
Ext : 48595