The development

The development


The Ōruarangi neighbourhood will be home to a range of affordable and spacious family homes, specifically designed to reflect the heritage and stories of the whenua.

Te Kawerau ā Maki did not support the rezoning of Ōruarangi Road. We fought it in the courts. We were not successful. When Fletcher Building arrived, we sat kanohi ki te kanohi and we debated.

Since then, we have taken a lead role in providing feedback to guide the architectural design, and urban and environmental development plans.

The land to be returned to mana whenua, is a protected area, that will create a buffer between our tupuna maunga, and the new housing. Critics have said “it’s only eight hectares”. That might not be significant to the protestors occupying the land, but it is to us.


Ōruarangi will be a new community, next to the papakāinga, with new families, and a place for our whanau to return home to live.

It will be a neighbourhood of 480 new homes on 32 hectares of privately-owned farmland adjoining a factory and business park site, well back from the Ōtuataua Stonefields.

The architecture of the homes and surrounding environment will reflect Te Aranga design principles.

It is expected the development will be completed in phases over seven years.

  • Up to 30 percent of the houses will be affordable homes
  • 40 affordable homes will be available to iwi, and a pathway to ownership programme will help them into their home
  • Approximately 80 other homes will be available as affordable housing.


The Ōruarangi development will be right in the middle of one of Auckland’s fast-growing business districts. In the next 20 years, it’s predicted that the area around Ihumātao will provide employment for approximately 27,000 people.

We are currently in discussions with Fletcher Building about employment opportunities for our whanau during the development. We are pushing for local businesses owned by iwi members to be engaged to support contractors and suppliers as the project unfolds.

Cultural preservation

The masterplan for Ōruarangi Road connects the established papakāinga (village) and marae to the tribal maunga (mountain) through a walkway, which will be on land returned to iwi.

Our history and our taonga are precious. They tell the stories of our ancestors. They connect us to the past and help us understand who we are today.

Before any ground work commenced at Ōruarangi Road, an extensive pre-development investigation was undertaken by Fletcher Building in consultation with Heritage NZ, Te Ākitai Waiohua and Te Kawerau ā Maki.

While much of the land has been farmed over the past 150 years, areas close to the Ōtuataua Stonefield Reserve were identified as having archaeological and cultural importance, including the first Wallace Homestead site, midden, lava caves and early European dry-stone walls. These areas will be protected.

Click here to read more about the Historic Heritage Management Plan and how we are preserving historic sites and protecting native flora and fauna.

Disclaimer: This website has been developed by Te Kawerau ā Maki and includes korero from Auckland iwi advocate Pita Turei. Pita has researched Ihumātao extensively, and is an activist, historian, and story-teller. The authors acknowledge many iwi and hapū have whakapapa to this whenua – this website is only one of their stories.