Auckland Heritage Festival 2022 – Ōhinerau Mt Hobson as a source of inspiration

Friday 7 October 2022

6.30 pm

Remuera Library

The Auckland Heritage Festival is on from the 1-16 October 2022. The theme this year is Topography, taonga and trailblazers of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Our topic will explore how Ōhinerau Mt Hobson’s slopes have long been an inspiration to Māori and Pākehā. For hundreds of years, the volcanic landscape and rich soils have provided refuge, food and water to the residents of Tāmaki Makaurau and Remuera. Speakers will explore both the Māori and Pākehā use of the landscape and resources of Ōhinerau. Māra kai gardens for the provision of food have always been a feature for both Māori and Pākehā and continue today with the development of the trailblazing Ngāti Whātua gardens at Ōrākei.

Remuera Heritage has two speakers who will explore the history of Ōhinerau Mt Hobson. Bruce Hayward, geologist, will speak on the eruption and formation of the volcano, the reservoirs and the WW2 building in the crater. He’ll also mention Orakei Basin.

Ropata Paora, Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei, will talk about the Māori history of the maunga.

The date for the event is Friday 7 Oct, 6.30pm-8pm at Remuera Library.

A special visit to the Ngāti Whātua Pourewa Gardens has also been organised for members of Remuera Heritage and their families on Thursday 6 October 2022 at 11.00am. Our guide will be Matua Rob Small.  The address is 105-111 Kepa Road (Pourewa Community Hub), opposite Z Energy Station. Street parking is available near and around the Ōrakei Community Centre at 156 Kepa Road.

Please RSVP for these events to Remuera Library 09 520 2532 or