Conference Venue

University of Auckland, City Campus

Owen Glenn Building (OGGB)

The University of Auckland Business School
Sir Owen G Glenn Building
12 Grafton Road
Auckland
New Zealand

The conference will be held in the Business School, Owen G Glenn Building and Waipapa Marae at The University of Auckland, City Campus.

Located right in the heart of Auckland city, the University of Auckland is within close walking distance of all main cultural, entertainment and commercial hubs.

The Owen G Glenn Building is the home of The University of Auckland’s Business School and is one of Auckland’s most architecturally striking buildings. With state-of-the-art teaching facilities and sweeping views of the Auckland Domain and Rangitoto Island, the Business School offers a unique location for conferences and learning with facilities ranging from small tutorial and case rooms to computer labs and auditoriums seating up to 600 people. All rooms are equipped with advanced audio-visual technology with full audio visual equipment to suit the needs of our conference delegation.

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Te Toka Kāmaka o Waipārūrū

In the entrance of the Sir Owen G Glenn Building of the University of Auckland Business School stands a sculptural artwork that embodies a thousand years of traditional thought on life and knowledge. The centrepiece of the artwork is the Pounamu Kahurangi, a rare form of jace or greenstone blesed with the name Te Toka Kāmaka o Waipārūrū. It is the mauri or life essence of the University of Auckland Business School and its wairua or spirit, protects traditional Māori valudes in all ceremonies that take place in the building and its environs, and also the values associated with higer learning and knowledge. 

In Māori, toka moana refers to a staunch rock in wild seas and kāmaka is a foundation stone; Te Toka Kāmaka being the foundation of great value, symbolically reflecting the links between sea and land with sacredness and power. Waipārūrū, commonly known as Grafton Gully where the Business School is located, is the valley and stream that once tumbled down to the Waitematā Sea. The building receives its mana or power from the valley and cascading waters, while at the same time giving mana back to Waipārūrū. The pounamu captures the eyes of anyone standing close and connects the Domain, Rangitoto & Grafton gully.

The body of the sculpture, depicts "He tangata, he rangatira", a high-ranking rangatira or leader wearing a ceremonial korowai or cloak, its shoulders of a softer serpentine stone support the treasured pounamu as the most sacred part of the human body, the roro or brain. The sculptural piece was made by two Māori artists, a master pounamu carver, Mike Mason, and artist designer Carin Wilson.

Waipapa Marae

Waipapa Marae, is situated next to the Department of Māori Studies at The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland
Department of Māori Studies
16 Wynyard Street (off Alten Road)
Auckland
New Zealand

Our whare whakairo - Tāne-nui-a-Rangi - represents all major tribes and is where visitors can be formally welcomed to the campus.

The symbolic conception of Tāne-nui-a-Rangi, the meeting-house on Waipapa Marae, was formulated by the tohunga whakairo Pākariki Harrison.  The primary ancestors of the house are the ancestor-gods with whom students of all tribes can identify.  Around the walls are the captains and priest-navigators of the canoes that brought the ancestors of the different tribes to New Zealand in the 14th century.  Also included in the house is Tangi'ia, an ancestor who connects the major islands of the Pacific with New Zealand.  Thus, the house is pan-Pacific as well as pan-tribal.

The Marae on which Tāne-nui-a-Rangi stands is named after Waipapa, the landing place of canoes on what is now Beach Road opposite the old railway station. The name acknowledges Ngāti Whātua ki Orākei as the tangata whenua of Waitematā. Logs of totara and kauri were donated by Ngāti Hine for the carving of the house. They were formally visited by a deputation from the University to thank them for their gift.

Pōwhiri, Formal Welcome Ceremony, Monday 16 November

Delegates attending IIRC20 are invited to attend a Pōwhiri or formal welcome ceremony on Monday 16 November. On these ceremonial occasions, Māori Studies staff and students along with Ngāti Whātua kaumātua take a leading role on the taumata and are the tangata whenua of the marae. Two Pōwhiri will be held to welcome our local and international manuhiri. When registering online, please choose to attend one of the two Pōwhiri being offered. 

As we come together in the one place every two years for this biennial event, at the first powhiri Ngāti Whatua with the leadership of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga will welcome conference attendees from Aotearoa. We will then welcome those who have travelled to be with us from beyond our shores, our international guests. This will be the second pōwhiri.

Tāne-a-nui-a-rangi is a book explaining the symbolism of the meeting house. It can be purchased from the Department of Māori Studies or the University Bookshop.