“Kia uu, kia mau, kia toa, kia manawanui ki te tiaki I te taonga nei araa ‘Te Motu a Hiaroa’, Hei haapai I ngaa moemoeaa a ngaa tupuna a poo. Kia tika te tiaki I te whenua, kia ora ai te wairua, me pupuru ki ngaa tongi”

“Our vision for Te Motu a Hiaroa is to protect and enhance this treasure for the benefit of Mana whenua owners and the people of Auckland as a special place of cultural significance”

This vision is guided by the following values and aspirations

Rangatiratanga (autonomy)

Mana Whenua (represented by the Te Motu a Hiaroa Charitable Trust) are recognised and empowered as the legal and customary owners of Te Motu a Hiaroa.

Rangapu (partnership)

Mana Whenua and Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau are partners in annual planning and the co-management of the Motu.  Te Motu a Hiaroa Charitable Trust, Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau and Watercare also partner through and the Management Trust.

Taonga Tuku Iho (celebrated heritage)

Te Motu a Hiaroa is a respected, treasured, celebrated and protected place that is recognised for its outstanding cultural and natural heritage values and significance.

Kaitiakitanga (guardianship)

Protect and restore the mana and wairua of the Motu, including the rehabilitation of its flora and fauna, ensuring a healthy environment, protecting taonga and waahi tapu, reconstruction of its original contours, and empower Mana Whenua to actively participate and lead as kaitiaki over the Motu.


Mana Whenua re-establish a permanent physical presence on the Motu through the development of a marae precinct and cultural open space which includes those cultural and supporting economic activities required to empower an enduring and financially sustainable marae and motu community, and which will form a centre for indigenous learning for all.

Kotahitanga (inclusivity)

The Parties recognise the Te Motu a Hiaroa Charitable Trust as kaitiaki of the Motu.  The Motu is inclusive for all people and made available and promoted as a key destination for the enjoyment of the public as cultural open space in perpetuity where visitors can be hosted by the marae and kaitiaki and interact with the Motu cultural and natural heritage in innovative ways.