Ko Whitireia te maunga, ko Raukawakawa te moana, ko Tainui te waka, ko Ngati Toarangatira te iwi.

Hongoeka Marae is one of two Ngati Toa marae in the Porirua area. Hongoeka Bay is the last remaining Maori land reserve set aside for Ngati Toa after Governor Grey confiscated vast tracts of land from the Kapiti Coast, through Porirua to Wellington and across to the top of the South Island.

Hongoeka Bay has been occupied by Ngati Toa since their migration from Kawhia harbour in the early 1800’s. A small community of whanau continue to live there, upholding the traditions of their tipuna and keeping the Ahi Kaa (home fires) alive. As Kaitiaki, the whanau of Hongoeka care for the land, the sea, the marae and the people to ensure that the taonga gifted to them by their ancestors are handed down to future generations.


When staying at the marae there are certain tikanga that need to be followed. These are the rules set down by the people of Hongoeka for the marae and surrounding whēnua. Described here are some of the more common examples of tikanga that people visiting and staying at the marae should be aware of. Other tikanga may be explained during your stay.

When first visiting the marae all visitors are welcomed in a powhiri, or a mihi whakatau. This is a formal welcome that honors the ancestors, the land, the sea, wharenui and the people. Those who have already taken part in a powhiri need not go through the process again, they are able to sit with the tangata whēnua and welcome others. Or they can arrive at any time of the day and join in with others without going through another welcome. 

PLEASE NOTE: The powhiri at 9.00 am on Saturday the 18th of March covers all visitors arriving for the Conscious Roots festival, including those who arrive after that time. New visitors during the day DO NOT need to go through a powhiri. Entry wrist bands will be available from 7.30am. 

The name of the Wharetipuna is Te Heke mai raro. No shoes are worn in the wharenui, food is also not to be eaten in the wharenui or on the marae but it is ok to have water in the wharenui. Sitting on pillows, stepping over people when they are lying on beds or walking past someone who is speaking is also discouraged. Children should be encouraged to play, run and jump etc outside, not in the whare and / or on the mattresses. There is no smoking or alcohol on the marae grounds. Please ask where to smoke if you need to. Please take any rubbish you bring home with you.

The Wharekai is called Kenana, it is also looked after by everyone. Everyone will be expected to help clean the kitchen and do dishes after kai at some stage during the festival. This will be explained by the organizers on the day. There is a system in the kitchen for composting and recycling, this will also be explained to everyone.

Please help us uphold the mana of our marae by keeping the grounds and beach rubbish free. If you are unsure about anything regarding tikanga please just ask, whānau will be more than happy to explain. Hongoeka marae is a very welcoming and inclusive marae, embracing all people to ensure everyone enjoys their stay.

'Mā tou rourou, mā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi'
With my basket and your basket the people will be nourished.