Hoani Waititi Marae was opened on

April 19 1980, its purpose is to provide a centre for Māori, language, culture and practice.

A place of learning that provides a Māori perspective on the world. Hoani Waititi Marae is named after Hoani Retimana Waititi, a descendant of Te Whānau-a-Apanui Iwi, originating from Kuaetangohia.

His legacy of service to the Māori people is honored through the activities and practices that are carried out on this Marae. Te Kōhanga reo is the language nest of the people, the establishment of the first Kura Kaupapa Māori in the country entrenches the womb to tomb concept and the journey of our mokopuna in a holistic māori world view.

The Marae has a number of Kapa Haka groups ranging from adults to tamariki.  Te Whare Tū Tauā o Aotearoa is the art of war and māori weaponry was also established here.

The Marae hosts a range of cultural and social services that supports the local community and is a bastion for Māori culture nationally and internationally. 

Ko te Kōroingo Matua- Vision
Kia mana tonu te ara Mātauranga Māori nei hei kitenga otirā hei tauira whāi mo te Ao.
Hoani Waititi Marae is recognised as a global centre of excellence in indigenous education and cultural innovation.

Te pā tuwatawata i whakaarahia i roto i ngā tūmanako o rātou mā. The origin story of Hoani Waititi Marae as told by Papa Tā Pita Sharples, those who contributed and the children who helped to establish the Marae of Hoani Waititi Marae.

Meet the legendary carvers of the whare and the family of Hoani Waititi whom the marae is named after. A story told through the eyes of those who grew up on the Marae and continue to uphold its purpose and vision.

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Keep up to date with events at Hoani Waititi Marae

Hoani Waititi Marae also provides these Marae Based

Programmes and Social Services


"Hoani Waititi Marae is the hub of Māori culture in West Auckland

Hoani Waititi Marae is utilised by a variety of groups and people"