Tēnā koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai ki te whārangi ipurangi o Otamatea Marae o Ngāti Whātua ki Tānoa i te rohe o Otamatea.
Welcome to the website for Otamatea Marae of the Ngāti Whātua tribe. Ngāti Whātua’s tribal area stretches from the Tāmaki River in the south, to Maunganui Bluff on the west coast in the north, and to Whangarei Harbour on the east coast.
We are located at Tānoa near Maungaturoto, in the former historical district of Otamatea.
We invite whānau and friends to help realise our hopes and dreams by getting involved in our activities and projects.
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
About Otamatea Marae
Otamatea Marae was established in 1946 as the tupuna marae for Ngāti Whātua people. Our wharenui Aotearoa was originally the whare rūnanga at Shelly Beach which opened in 1887. It was relocated to Tānoa to sit alongside Kakaraea Church in remembrance of the 1825 battle of Te Ika ā Ranganui.
Kakaraea Church was built in the 1870’s and dedicated in March 1874. Originally a Methodist Church, Kakaraea was also known as the Cathedral Church of Gittos.
In 1999, Kakaraea was passed to Otamatea Marae Trustees to look after on behalf of its people.
Kakaraea is an inter-denominational church.