The long held community dream of a music and arts centre for young people in Glen Innes is here.
In this multi-purpose space young people and the local community can come together to perform, practise and learn the arts; express their creativity and talents; and celebrate their cultures.
The name Te Oro has been gifted to the centre by Ngāti Pāoa with the endorsement of Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.
‘Oro’ is the tonal reverberation or sound within a chamber. Maungarei - Mt Wellington, in its natural state, would contribute this low drone created by the winds moving over its volcanic crater. This natural phenomenon existed before the migration of waka landing in the Tāmaki Makaurau region.
The research carried out by Ngāti Pāoa considered that this iconic footprint is strongly connected to all Mana whenua in this rohe, giving a more meaningful link that connected those of yesteryear, currently and tomorrow.
This gift was presented to the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board with historical overlays to give value for all that resided in her.