Kua puare i a Ngāti Whātua ngā tatau ki ōna whare ka hokona i Te Rakipaewhenua.
Ko te rautaki a te iwi, he whakatū i ngā whare 350 i te rohe, ko ngā pūtea ka whakahokia ki te whakawhānui i te ōhanga a te iwi hei whakawhanake i a rātou ake kaupapa whare.
Ko Anahera Rawiri te kaiwhakahaere i te kaupapa ki Oneoneroa. Ko tāna ki Te Ao, “Tino hīkaka ana te ngākau kia tuwhera ēnei whare ki te ao, ki Tāmaki Makaurau, ki tēnei whenua o Oneoneroa. Ko tērā te ingoa tūturu o tēnei wāhi. He tākoha mai i Ngāti Whātua tērā ingoa i whakahoki ki tēnei wāhi ataahua.”
Ehara a Oneoneroa i te papakāinga, engari he pakihi kē. Ko tā te mahere, he hanga i ngā whare toru rau, e rima tekau, ka hokona kia mātotoru ai te ōhanga a te iwi.
“Here in Belmont and October 2019 the average price for a home he was $1.1 million. The market has been quite interesting for us here in 2012 there was quite a lot of opposition for us coming to this area. We paid for this land is part of our commercial redress package from the crown. I think there's a lot of misconceptions about how we got this land.”
I te tau rua mano tekau mā tahi, i hainatia e Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei tā rātou kerēme, ā i riro i a rātou ngā whenua i nōhia ai e Te Ope Kātua i Te Rakipaewhenua.
“He waru tau ki muri, ka hokona e Ngāti Whātua i tēnei whenua, he tau whai ake ka hainatia tā mātou nei kerēme. 18 miriona tāra te whakataunga pūtea mo tēnei whenua i tērā wā. Engari ko te utu mo tēnei whenua, utu i tērā wā 120 mirirona tāra.”
Ko ngā huamoni o tēnei kaupapa ka hoki atu hei kōkiri i ngā kaupapa whare a te iwi.
“All profits from the commercial arm will go back to the iwi. We've been able to do things like public-housing, upgrading rental homes for the people and we’re currently working on 10 brand new kaumātua flats.”
He huarahi anō hoki hei whakarite mahi mā ngā uri.
“We are really excited to have our own people working on the site we've got Ōkahu-Natives who have been advising and supplying all of our native plants. We've been working with all our contract is to make sure our people are front of the line when it comes to employment opportunities.”
Ināianei e toru ngā whare e tū ana ki Oneoneroa, ā hei te tau hōu, tekau anō ka whakatūria.