Biennale of Sydney

Emily Karaka

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Emily Karaka

Born 1952 in Auckland, New Zealand
Lives and works in Auckland


"I am of Ngati Te Ahi Waru bloodlines and whakapapa to Puketapapa and Ihumatao from my father John Mita Karaka, named after his Grandfather Mita Karaka who went to England with the Maori King to address Treaty of Waitangi concerns in 1914. A photograph of my father is displayed on the back wall in the wharenui at Makaurau Marae, hung with photos of other members of Ngati Te Ahi Waru whanau who have passed."

"I was born February 1952 at the Old St Helens Hospital off Karangahape Road, in Central Auckland. I have three children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

"I am of Ngati Te Ahi Waru bloodlines and whakapapa to Puketapapa and Ihumatao from my father John Mita Karaka, named after his Grandfather Mita Karaka who went to England with the Maori King to address Treaty of Waitangi concerns in 1914. A photograph of my father is displayed on the back wall in the wharenui at Makaurau Marae, hung with photos of other members of Ngati Te Ahi Waru whanau who have passed.

"My great-grandmother Paretutanganui was named after her ancestress who was wife of our Tupuna (ancestor) Kiwi Tamaki, mokopuna (grandson) of Hua Kaiwaka.  My Great Grandfather was Te Arawaru Toone, one of the original owners of section 196 and 197 of the Parish of Manurewa – the Maori reservation land at Ihumatao where Makaurau Marae is situated.  My family still owns land within the village area at Puketapapa at Ihumatao.

"Since 1992, I have been heavily involved in Treaty Claims issues, RMA (Resource Management Act) and Sec 4 (Conservation Act) processes, representing tribal interests and concerns.  I had the honour of being the first iwi representative to sign the Historic Collective Settlement of Treaty Claims covering our Tupuna Maunga in Tamaki Makaurau.  Since that settlement, Auckland Council and Manawhenua have developed the Tupuna Maunga Authority and Management Plans, covering the care and protection of our taonga, establishing policies and plans for the use and maintenance of the historic remnants of the volcanic pa, terracing, pits and waahi tapu where our ancestors lived and were buried."