AboutMoana Auckland

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The Festival

Moana Auckland, New Zealand’s Ocean Festival, is a first of its kind in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Presented by Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, the festival celebrates the region’s love affair of the ocean – from waka to super yachts – through events and activities both on and off the water. Experience our delicious kaimoana, watch thrilling sailing races, marvel at historic vessels and learn more about our ocean and our heritage against the backdrop of Auckland’s spectacular Hauraki Gulf.

Video: Moana Auckland Festival Launch

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The Waitematā & Hauraki Gulf

The Hauraki Gulf is New Zealand’s first marine park, covering 1.4 million hectares and stretching from the north of Auckland to the Coromandel and Aotea great Barrier Island. Containing more than fifty islands and encompassing Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour, the gulf is known for its sheltered waters. The Hauraki Gulf has been a major source of kaimoana, recreation and travel for generations. These waters contain a nationally significant ecosystem, and represent the importance of the moana to our region.

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Host Iwi: 

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has ancestral ties to the Waitematā harbour which have long been woven into their legacy. As ahi kā and host iwi for Moana Auckland, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei embraces a profound responsibility to foster sustainability and the health of our moana for future generations.

Moana Auckland heralds a transformative celebration honouring Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s enduring connection to the Waitematā harbour and the ocean that shapes our identity. This festival is not just a celebration; it's a platform to showcase the vibrant marine sector and the innovative spirit thriving within our water loving community. We invite Aucklanders and visitors alike to experience this immersive festival, where tradition meets innovation, sustainability is championed, and the essence of our oceanic heritage comes to life.

Marama Royal Chairperson, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
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Sustainability is a key focus of Moana Auckland, woven into our storytelling, and the festival itself. Moana Auckland features a sustainability and activation hub with engaging education on protecting our oceans, exploration and innovation to help solve real life challenges in our communities. We partner with sustainable organisations to reduce waste at the event, promote ocean conservation and ensure sustainable outcomes for both the event and the region.

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