Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is running their own school holiday programme at Ōrākei Marae.

The Auckland-based iwi is using the opportunity to pass on their traditional tribal knowledge and customs, with a programme packed with fun. 

Programme co-ordinator Wesley Te Ua says 70 children aged 8 - 12 have attended the programme with a wide range of services for only $60.

“$60 gets them four nights on the marae where they spend time with their whānau. Their cousins get to know them and they get three meals a day.”

Te Ua also says the programme was designed to reinforce Ngāti Whātua's traditional knowledge to the next generation.

“Being on the marae we want to invest in our tamariki, invest in our future leaders.”

Some come from nearby; some have come as far as Perth, Western Australia to strengthen relationships and build bonds.

The programmed ends this Friday and next year the programme will become in-house only to registered descendants of Ngāti Whātua.