Photographer's Note


Remuera is a very affluent area in Auckland, New Zealand.

It has been a popular place to live because it has great views out over the Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulfwith its dominating Rangitoto Island (Bleeding Skies) , and also for its fertile soil.

Remuera has had a long history of occupation, starting back in the early 1300’s when the Maori came to the area. They named the place O-hine-rangi - the place of Hinerangi (girl of the sky) .

It wasn’t until some four hundred years later that it was named Remu-wera – roughly translated as "burnt hem of a garment".

The Wai-o-hua are one of the first Maori tribes mentioned as having lived in the area. Their chief Kiwi Tamaki united (usually by conquest) the tribes of Auckland. Kiwi Tamaki had his main fortified village or pa based on Maungakeikei (One Tree Hill) , while the rest of his tribe had pa on almost all of Auckland’s dormant volcanos.

The Story is told that a young chieftainess from the plains of Hauraki was on her way to visit with Kiwi Tamaki, when she was set upon by the Wai-o-hua, she was killed and eaten. Cannibalism was seen by the early Maori as a way to confer the power and mana –prestige- of the victim to the eaters.

Eventually the Wai-o-hua gave way to the Ngati Whatua who are now considered the local iwi (Maori tribal group for Auckland today).

When early European settlers moved into Remuera, they too treasured the area, and it quickly became one of the most exclusive places to live.

Here are just a few of the more wealthier homes built on large sections overlooking the Orakei Basin.

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