The stream that flows through Mangere is the inspiration behind the new name of the Development project formally known as Mangere West. It was gifted to us by local Iwi, Te Akitai Waiohua.
Te Ararata is a diverse community. Walking through this neighbourhood, you’re as likely to get a friendly “kia ora” or “talofa” as you are to hear “hello”. Neighbours tend to know and support one another and locals are united around music, sports, arts, kai and culture.
Te Ararata is home to a number of schools, including Mountain View School, Westmount School, and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Mangere, as well as pre-schools, Mangere West Kindergarten and Airport Oaks Montessori. Moana-Nui-a Kiwa Leisure Centre, Mangere Arts Centre and the library are located nearby in the town centre, along with Te Wananga o Aotearoa’s Mangere campus.
You’ll also find plenty of places to enjoy the outdoors in, and near, Te Ararata, including Te Pane-o-Mataoho (Māngere Mountain), Watercare’s Coastal Walkway along the Mangere Ihumatao foreshore, and Ambury Regional Park’s hiking trails.