Te Kawerau ā Maki - Te Henga Marae

$550 of $15,000,000 goal
Given by 6 generous donors in around 7 months

Help us build our marae for our people's future


Te Henga Kāinga Whakahirahira (marae and papakāinga project) is about bringing our people home and safeguarding our culture. Over 90% of our tribal lands were taken within 15 years of the signing of the Treaty, and our last dedicated marae was lost when the Waitākere Dam was built in the early 1900s. We are the only iwi in the Auckland region without a dedicated marae for our people. Marae are the civic, social, and cultural centre for iwi. Rebuilding the marae and village for Te Kawerau ā Maki is an existential matter for us - we need this to secure the wellbeing of our people and future for our great-grandchildren. It will be an eco-marae in harmony with nature, and a place for the wider community to engage with us. This will be built in our ancestral home of Te Henga, Waitākere Ranges, Auckland NZ.

The project is at preliminary design stage, moving into detailed design and building consent. The project high-level costings are around $15,000,000 - we need all the help we can get. If you can spare anything to help us, all donations will go to this project's costs. If the full target is not reached any funds raised will still go towards the project's staged costs i.e. phase 2 (building consent), phase 3 (site clearance and site works), and phase 4 (construction). Any other significant funding and project milestones will be updated here for transparency.

About us

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust is the charitable social subsidiary of Te Kawerau ā Maki, the West Auckland-based iwi.

Use of funds

Detailed design and building consent, and construction (building, site works).

All funds will be going towards this project's costs.

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Latest donations

Zooey on 07 Feb 2024
Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

Thank you so much Zooey :)

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust
Stephanie on 07 Feb 2024
Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

Thank you Stephanie!

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust
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Guest Donor on 07 Feb 2024
As a resident near Ōkaurirahi / Glen Eden, happy to put what I can spare today behind this project. Looking forward to Te Kawerau ā Maki achieving this vision and thriving as mana whenua.
Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

Thank you so much for your koha to this project!

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Stella on 12 Dec 2023
Looking forward to this being part of Te Henga again. Ka rawe!
Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

Awesome - thank you so much!

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust
Sue on 09 Dec 2023
Sent with aroha. It’s wonderful to see your vision.
Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

Thank you so much for your generosity! One step closer :)

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

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This campaign started on 4 Dec 2023 and ends on 3 Dec 2025.