K' Road is a well known Pride supporter. Visit back soon for K' Road Pride 2019 announcements!

Throughout Auckland Pride 2017, K' Road retailers and eateries will host pop-up installations and thought-provoking conversations by artists from and connected to Auckland's Rainbow communities. The Karangahape Road Business Association is proud to welcome you to K' Road throughout Auckland Pride. Our strip is one of the most colourful in town, and has a special place in the hearts of Auckland's Rainbow communities.

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11 - 26 February The Windows Are Alive
Curated by Daniel John Corbett Sanders and Aych McArdle

Masculine Me Tender, 2014, Pati Solomona Tyrell

Karangahape Road
Karangahape Road (or K'Road) has had many different groups make it their home from our tangata whenua and Pacific communities to the sex industry and queer communities. This stretch of road is a special piece in the rich cultural heritage of Auckland. Throughout K'Road's many incarnations it has always been a place of community and industry, a place where those 'left behind' have thrived.

For the 2017 Auckland Pride festival K'Road is proud to create a space for local artists and retailers to collaborate acknowledging the story of Hape and the richness of the people who call this strip home.

With works from
Jaimee Stockman Young - Door of Las Vegas
Bronte Perry - LifeWise Merge Cafe
Samuel Te Kani - Peach Pit
Tommo Jiang - Rose Tinted Flowers (Cross Street)
Abbey Gamit - Paper Bag Princess
Allyson Hambert - Cocos Cantina
Pati Solomona Tyrell - The Keep

Karanga | Hape
Hape was great chief, revered to this day as one of the founders of the Tainui iwi and he was probably one of their early Tohunga or Priests. Some of the stories suggest he was a seer or mystic with magical powers, possibly even a demi-god. Hape's name literally means 'club foot' although it can also mean 'rejected' or 'left behind'.

When the the Tainui waka was about to set sail to Aotearoa, only people in the best physical condition were selected. Due to his clubbed foot Hape was not one of those selected, and he was left behind in Hawaiki.The voyage of the waka to Aotearoa was long and arduous, most of those on board forgot about Hape. As the people disembarked on the shores of the Waitemata Harbour they could see a man standing on a distant hill. It was Hape, he had used his powers to summon a giant stingray to transport him; he had arrived arrived in Aotearoa weeks earlier. He stood on the ridge and called out a karanga to those on the beach. Thus the ridge became known as te karanga a Hape (the place of a the calling of Hape). In this version, Karangahape is the place where Hape himself called out to people a karanga or greeting.

Another interpretation of this name is that the ridge was the place where people offered up prayers or calls to Hape as a revered ancestor or demi-god.

You will note that “The Place of the Calling of Hape" can thus be interpreted with Hape being either the protagonist and the recipient of the greeting or Karanga.

We call on the story of Hape as a source of strength and inspiration for K'Road which has over recent decades been known as a site of the disenfranchised or the neglected.