Manaaki Management Ltd
2 Taranaki Street, Taranaki Wharf, Wellington Waterfront
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: (027) 4860968
Web Site: www.wellingtonfunctions.co.nz
MANAAKI VALUES, INTENTION AND VISION
“Manaaki” is derived from the word Manaakitanga, which encompasses hospitality, kindness, support, to care for others. Our business operates with these values throughout; from employment of staff, to our venue management contracts and food and beverage outlets.
Our purpose is to place emphasis on our cultural identities throughout our business and provide a unique, vibrant professional venue experience for all events, meetings and gatherings. We also strive to provide a safe, clean and exceptional environment for our staff and customers alike.
Our company vision is to meet the clients specific needs and demand for delivery of professional, effective and efficient venue management, hospitality and food and beverage services.
Manaaki currently manage four separate venues, which with a total of 8 rooms/spaces for hire. We manage these venues on behalf of the owners of each premise and oversee all services such as; facility management, bookings, food and beverage services. Manaaki market’s these venues under the umbrella “Wellington Functions” with the intention of marketing more venues in the future.
The “face” of our business first and foremost is Karaka Café. Our Café is named after the Karaka Grove on the Harbour side of the premise by the late Kaumatua Sam Jackson. It is said that Māori bought the karaka seed on waka as they travelled to settle in Aotearoa, enabling them to harvest the karaka (orange) fruit. The karaka grove brings with it, a connection to the history and story of our ancestors. The Wharewaka Building was a long-time dream of the Taranaki whānui, to have a foot print back on the Wellington waterfront.
Karaka Café is owned and operated by the Retimanu whānau, who are of Māori and Pacific decent. The café was brought to life on the 6th February 2011 with a blessing of the whare as a whole. Our vision from day one, was to promote our culture in a positive light, through the senses of sight, sound and taste. We aim to boast the tastes and aromas of Māori flavours within modern kiwi café style foods. Our signature dishes have always included our café style oven hāngi and eggs benedict with smoked hāngi hash. Backed by an awesome management team and young vibrant kaimahi, we are all very proud to work alongside the Iwi here at the Wharewaka.
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