Ngāti Whatua Ōrākei Ahi Kā

7 Dec 2022

Ahi Kā, the expression of mana motuhake, through constantly having your home fires burning. This was the inspiration for two sister Annual Reports for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

Ahi Kā, represents the consistent role of protecting people, land and culture. It means to have your home fires constantly tended to and burning. A sign of continuous occupation. Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei express their Ahi Kā through the whakataukī “Hikaia ngā ahi o te Kahu tōpuni o Tuperiri - The wide outstretched cloak of Tuperiri."

The design theme for this work was inspired by the tukutuku work called Ahi Kā, created by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei weavers Ruth Cullen, Beronia Scott, Tracey Makoare-Watene and whāriki weaver Kororia Witika.

2022 saw Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei lay out their cloak of manaaki in inviting all of Tāmaki Makaurau to the first official Matariki public holiday. A beautiful experience for all who attended.

They continue to strengthen the binding threads in their cloak through marae development, supporting the creative community, culture and arts, supporting te reo Māori language acquisition.

They support their people through housing, health care and economic development and stretch their cloak over the taiao, to support our natural environment to heal and restore.

As always, a pleasure to work with mana whenua in an expression of tino rangatiratanga.


Client: Hariata, Ngātai, David Harriman
Client Service Director Nick Maltby
Creative Director Johnson McKay
Design Director Tim Hansen
Designers Richard Pearson, Salem McKay
Animation Malachi McKay, Storm Smith