Chapter 3

Onehunga: A place of many firsts

Onehunga: A place of many firsts - Onehunga

Situated on the edge of the Manukau Harbour, Onehunga is one of Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland’s earliest settlements. Its appealing location and abundant natural resources made it attractive as a place to live, first for Māori and later for European settlers.

This appeal remains, and today Onehunga’s central location and proximity to Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland’s city centre and Auckland Airport continue to make it a desirable place to live, work and invest.

Industry and manufacturing were established early in Onehunga and remains a distinctive characteristic of the area. Ingenuity, enterprise and craft have long been, and continue to be associated with Onehunga.

Almost every era of urban development and architecture in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland’s history can be found in Onehunga. This variety in Onehunga’s architectural landscape is reflected in the diversity of the people who live there. Onehunga is a truly multifaceted, multicultural community.

Onehunga also plays a significant regional and national role with respect to infrastructure. Due to its strategic location, it is relied upon to receive and host infrastructure for electricity, water, wastewater, transport and freight. There are more major infrastructure plans on the horizon for Onehunga, but there’s also ongoing concern about the impact that this has on Onehunga’s community, and urban and natural environments.