We have 5 Cultural groups that are
based from Hoani Waititi Marae.
The original group which was formed was Manutaki who helped fundraise to build the Marae. Te Rautahi a group formed mainly
of performers from Te Arawa group and Ngā Tumanako a group formed by graduates of the Kura Kaupapa o Hoani Waititi Marae. The school located on site also has 2 groups Te Kapa Haka o Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi Marae and Puawai.
Te Roopū Manutaki
Te Roopū Manutaki was created by Dr. Pita Sharples in 1968 in the suburb of Te Atatū in the heart of west Auckland, a destination for many Māori whānau during the urban drift period, many of whom were proactive in creating Māori initiatives within the community.
Manutaki is based at Hoani Waititi Marae and has been associated with the Marae since inception in 1980, assisting with marae activities along with Te Rautahi, Ngā Tūmanako as well as kapahaka groups from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori and Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi.
Excluding 2013, Manutaki has represented Auckland at every Polynesian Festival, ATMPAS and Te Matatini Festival since the national Kapahaka competition began in 1972. Manutaki has won the nationals on 2 occassions.
Manutaki has toured extensively overseas representing Aotearoa and promoting Māori weaponry and traditional Māori performing arts to the world.
Ngā Tūmanako was establish to continue and fulfill the aspirations of our past community leaders who worked tirelessly to foster the Māori culture and language on Hoani Waititi Marae.
Our foundation members and leaders are graduates of Kōhanga reo, Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi. Kōhanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori a Māori language immersion educational pathway established to ensure the survival of the Māori language and culture through from primary to secondary.
Our goal is to maintain a Māori language environment where we endeavor to uphold tikanga Māori, developing and nurturing our members in the pursuit of excellence in Māori contemporary performing arts.
Our greatest strength is our Māori language fluency. Māori language is intrinsic to expressing and sustaining our community, Māori identity and culture in Aotearoa.
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"Hoani Waititi Marae is the hub of Māori culture in West Auckland
Hoani Waititi Marae is utilised by a variety of groups and people"