Ngā Wai o Horotiu Marae

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e te iti, e te rahi, e ngā mātāwaka nō ngā tōpito o te ao, ngā mahuetanga iho e kawe nei i ngā moemoeā ō rātou mā.

Tēnā koutou katoa.

Ko Waitematā rāua ko Manukau ngā moana
Ko Māhuhu-ki-te-rangi te waka
Ko Ngāti Whātua te iwi
Ko Ngāti Whātua-o-Ōrākei te hapū
Ko Te Pūrengi te wharenui
Ko Te Kaipara te wharekai
Ko Ngā Wai o Horotiu te marae
Ko te kawa o tēnei marae ko te pāeke


AUT Ngā Wai o Horotiu marae serves as a whānau, cultural and spiritual centre. Ngā Wai o Horotiu is one of the ways in which AUT actively acknowledges the importance of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and expresses our deeply held belief that AUT is a centre of learning not only for all peoples, but also a particular place where Māori have a special and distinct role.

Ngā Wai o Horotiu is a place where you can stand proud. It is a tangible sign that the University is a learning organisation and one that is always seeking new ways of doing and being. Ngā Wai o Horotiu is the focal point that embraces the history of Māori and welcomes the many rich and diverse cultures at AUT. 

Welcome to Ngā Wai o Horotiu.



Located on the corner of Wellesley and St Paul's Street, the marae is also known as the gateway to AUT and the city of Auckland.

Postal: AUT Marae, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142
Physical: Corner of St Pauls and Wellesley Street, City Campus, 55 Wellesley Street, Auckland City, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Map available (WP building)


Hiring the marae

Please note the marae is available to the community, however, first priority is given to AUT staff/students.  The marae is also not available during statutory holidays.  AUT Marae Application form outlines the rules of the marae complex and the obligations of those who hire it. Capacity:100


Marae contact

Contact Michelle Robin for all enquiries and marae bookings.

Phone: (09) 921 9999 ext 8819 | Fax: (09) 921 9971 | Email:


Student life at the marae

Wednesday Lunches
Every Wednesday during the semester, lunch is provided for a small koha.
Kai:  Filled roll, a piece of fruit and a cup of tea or coffee
Cost:  $2.00 student / $2.50 staff
Venue: AUT Ngā Wai O Horotiu Marae, Te Kaipara (Wharekai), City Campus
Time:  12 – 2pm

Titahi ki Tua – Māori Student Association group
Titahi ki TUA is the Māori Student Association for AUT.  TKT students meet at the marae every Wednesday for dinner and a sleepover (optional).  Dinner starts at 6pm followed by study, kapa haka or whakawhanaungatanga.  Titahi ki TUA is an affiliated club of AUSM and also funded by the Office of Māori Advancement. 
For information and registration details, visit or contact email

Student Study Space
The wharekai is available for all AUT students during the week for study from 9 – 4pm.   You must be an AUT student and will need to register with Michelle upon arrival to the marae.  Study space is only available if the marae is not already booked.

AUT has a number of places for Māori to meet study and relax. Find out more here.


Learn more about Ngā Wai o Horotiu


AUT Marae turns 16

Ngā Wai o Horotiu Marae celebrated its 16th birthday and a group of amazing AUTers turned out to mark the occasion. There were live performances, a showcase of short films made by AUT students, an interactive expo, and delicious food including Hāngi. For those who missed out on the fun and entertainment catch a glimpse of what went on.


Photos from the day


Te Pūrengi (meeting house)

The wharenui was named Te Pūrengi by the local iwi Ngāti Whātua. The name represents the ropes, which help keep the mast strong and sturdy on its long journey. Te Pūrengi is the focal point of 'Ngā Wai o Horotiu' embracing the history of Māori and the many rich and diverse cultures of AUT.

Te Kaipara (the dining room)

The dining room is called Kaipara after the Kaipara Harbour. Ngāti Whātua traversed the Kaipara from the North. The word ‘para’ is a reference to the para fern which is a traditional Māori delicacy. Kai-para means ‘to eat the para fern’. It’s a fitting name for our dining room. Kaipara – the house of gourmet food. 

Read more here

Click here for the kawa (protocol) of Ngā Wai o Horotiu marae.

Download a pdf version of Ngā Wai o Horotiu Marae booklet.


Waka Huia documentary

Ngā Wai o Horotiu marae was featured on TVNZ's Waka Huia show.  AUT past and present staff tell us about the names and stories behind this marae. 

Last updated: 09-Jun-2017 9.47am

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