Many existing buildings in the Wairaka Precinct hold heritage significance, and most are used as part of the Unitec campus but were originally built for the Carrington Hospital. Landmark buildings include the Te Noho Kotahitanga’s wharenui whare whakairo (Unitec Marae), created with award winning master carver Lyonel Grant. Lyonel and his team’s passion and dedication brought to life magnificent works of art in the marae, these tell the story of Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau from earliest settlement to the present day.
Areas of cultural significance include Te Wai Unuroa o Wairaka, The Wairaka Stream, named after a young woman from the Ngati Awa people who arrived on the Mataatua canoe and settled in Te Pu o Wairaka, now known as Ōwairaka or Mt Albert. The stories say that when Wairaka became thirsty she stamped her foot, and fresh water gushed out of the ground and helped sustain her people. This spring became known as Te Wai Unuroa o Wairaka, ‘the long drink of Wairaka’, and is located in the heart of Wairaka Precinct.