Oruaiti Pa site
Oruaiti Pa was a palisaded village – an important lookout post guarding the entrance to Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington Harbour) and a storage site for nearby gardens. Oruaiti means “place of the small pit” although the simple translation does not tell the full meaning.
Oruaiti Pa was visually connected to the major Pa of Te Whetu Kairangi, above Worser Bay and the headland Pa of Rangitatau (Palmer Head). Oruaiti Pa was established by Tara-ika and his half brother Tautoki, sons of Chief Whatonga and was developed after the move of the Whatonga people fdrom Matiu Island in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.