For generations of Waitara residents, both before and after the arrival of Europeans, Marine Park Otupaiia has been a gathering place. It is where we meet to play, to socialise, swim, surf, fish and share kai together.
The park’s location by the mouth of the Waitara River is where the dramatic beauty of Waitara awa and the offshore reefs that guard the coastline can be enjoyed. As well as the longstanding traditions of mahinga kai, kai sharing or trading, and where whānau and communities gather to renew and deepen bonds.
Now Te Kōwhatu Tū Moana Trust and the New Plymouth District Council are co-ordinating a plan to turn our heritage meeting place and much-loved ocean playground into a contemporary celebration of our shared history, heritage and culture.
This visionary project is being led jointly by Te Kōwhatu Tū Moana Trust (representing the interests of Manukorihi and Otaraua hapū) and the New Plymouth District Council. Find out more here.