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Destination Tāmaki

Tāmaki is a special place

Here you’ll find a diverse vibrant community of warm, down-to-earth people with a strong connection to the area’s whakapapa. We’re close to the city but Tāmaki feels a world apart. Green and leafy, with sea glimpses around every corner, it's where urban street art sits alongside local family-run shops. Tāmaki is full of character, culture and exciting possibilities. 

Our education, our future

Tāmariki are a focus in Tāmaki, with 25 early learning centres, Tāmaki College, and 10 primary schools - including the full immersion Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Pūau Te Moananui-ā-Kiwa. Some of our kura are leading the way through their pioneering participation in Manaiakalani, a groundbreaking digital learning programme. Our 20-year Tāmaki Education Change Plan will introduce investment into education infrastructure, starting with Tāmaki School and Sommerville Special School.

A strong, diverse community

Tāmaki has a rich cultural heritage. Many local Māori whānau are direct descendants of Mokoia pā, an early Ngāti Paoa settlement overlooking the Tāmaki River estuary. Pasifika families make up about 45% of the Tāmaki population, and Chinese families have lived here since the first market gardens were set up on the riverbanks. Pākehā, Myanmar, Iraqi, Iranian, Filipino and Fijian Indian families also call Tāmaki home. All these diverse communities are welcomed by Ruapotaka Marae a Mataawaka, an urban marae in Glen Innes for all ethnicities, and by mana whenua Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

A short walk to the sea

Wherever you are in Tāmaki, you’re close to the moana. Locals and visitors alike enjoy exploring the beautiful Tāmaki coast by foot or by bike along the new Tāmaki Path. This scenic path, developed by the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board, runs between the Panmure Yacht Club and Glen Innes, taking in Point England Reserve on the way.

12 minutes to the CBD

Jump on the train from Glen Innes and in only 12 minutes you’ll be in Auckland’s CBD. From Panmure it’s also just a quick 15-minute trip. As we upgrade local streets, public transport and cycleways it’ll be even easier to get around within your Tāmaki community too.

Destination Tamaki


Tāmaki is steeped in history. The tide of Te Wai o Taiki (Tāmaki River), have sustained human life for almost a thousand years. Local iwi and hapu, Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāti Tai ki Tāmaki and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, built thriving pa and tended kumara plantations here. It’s estimated at its peak the Māori population in Tāmaki reached the tens of thousands.

In west Tāmaki in the 1840s, Pakeha settler William Innes Taylor, began farming land owned by his father, General Taylor. Gradually he acquired and farmed with his brothers, around 760 acres. Including the area between today’s Taniwha Street and Riddell Road, and between Line Road and Sierra Street to the Tāmaki River.

In the 1920s-1940s Chinese immigrants established Auckland’s largest area of market gardens around Panmure. In the 1930s the government developed state housing in Tāmaki, due to the area’s proximity to the city and extent of bare land. It became the site of thousands of state homes for returned servicemen, workers, Māori whanau, and pensioners. Post-war labour shortages in the 1930s, saw immigration from the Pacific Islands, and Tāmaki became home to many Pasifica families.

The residents of today’s Tāmaki still retain a strong connection to the whakapapa of their home. The Tāmaki Regeneration Company is working in partnership with the community to honour and reinforce the connection for future generations.


The Tāmaki regeneration programme is creating an even brighter future for Tāmaki where everyone can flourish. We want to embrace the manaakitanga, energy and wairua of Tāmaki, and keep building on its many strengths. We’re building 10,500 new warm, high-quality modern homes and upgrading streets, parks, and town centres for Glen Innes, Panmure and Point England. This regeneration is about much more than the physical environment. It’s about working alongside mana whenua, the community, schools and businesses to provide more connection and opportunity for all those who call Tāmaki home.

More Homes

There are currently around 2,500 old state homes in Tāmaki. Over the next two decades, we'll replace them with around 3,500 new state homes, and around 7,000 new affordable and market homes, to meet Auckland’s housing needs by helping more of our Māori and Pasifika whānau into their own homes. These will range from one-bedroom apartments to large whānau and multi-generational homes, to suit Tāmaki households of all shapes and sizes.

More Opportunity

Over the next two decades, Tāmaki is set to grow from 18,000 to 60,000 residents. The Tāmaki regeneration programme will cater for this by revitalising town centres and partnering with Tāmaki businesses to strengthen the local economy. We’re taking a holistic approach to supporting local whānau with health and wellbeing, education, jobs and skills to ensure an even brighter future for our Tāmaki communities.

More Connection

Tāmaki’s regeneration will include significant upgrades to town centres, streets, stormwater, wastewater and other infrastructure across Glen Innes, Panmure and Point England. Tāmaki parks and reserves will be improved and made easier to access and use. An 11km shared cycleway and pedestrian loop will connect whānau across Tāmaki to each other, to the maunga and the awa. Visit the suburbs to see what’s planned for your area of Tāmaki.

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It’s all happening in Tāmaki. Hear about people doing great things in Tāmaki, plus the latest news, events and plans.

Word on the street

It’s all happening in Tāmaki. Hear about people doing great things in Tāmaki, plus the latest news, events and plans.

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