We are honoured to partnering with the whenua (land) at Ātiu Creek and Ngāti Whātua (Te Uri-o-Hau) to host Earth Beat Festival 2023. 75mins North from Auckland City Centre. Ātiu Creek Regional Park is located at 414 Run Rd, Auckland, 0977, New Zealand. The park was founded through a story of generosity and offers an array of activities.
Ka mau tonu ngā taonga tapu o ngā mātua tūpuna koinei ngā taonga i tuku iho, na te Atua
Hold fast to the treasures of the ancestors for they are the treasures that have been handed down to us by God.
In alignment with our kaupapa at Earth Beat and our commitment to the safety of the Earth Beat whānau, as well as the beauty of the whenua, it is with utmost respect to Ngāti Whātua and their ancestors that we host Earth Beat at Ātiu Creek. Their blessing and involvement is fundamental for a peaceful and nourishing Earth Beat experience. Tihei mauri ora.
In this video, Richard Nahi from Ngāti Whātua touches on this long-standing partnership and our work together!
Located 75mins North of Auckland City Centre, the story of Ātiu Creek as a Regional Park is a story of generosity. Pierre Chatelanat and his wife, Jackie, gifted the people of Tamaki Makaurau Auckland their third-largest regional park in 2015. Very few people in Aotearoa New Zealand have given significant blocks of land to the nation, which made their actions all the more striking.
Councillor Mike Lee, former chair of the Auckland Regional Council that took on management of the farm park, says Mr Chatelanat was a life-long humanitarian.
A ‘HUMBLE AND GENTLE MAN’
“Pierre was a humble and gentle man who was more interested in watching the public enjoying his farm as a regional park than seeking praise or celebrity,” says Cr Lee.
“When he and Jackie entrusted their 843ha coastal property to the council, so that all New Zealanders might enjoy access to it forever, we saw an act of generosity on a scale rarely seen in this country, especially nowadays.”
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