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Wharekaho – Te Pōwhiri
Ngāti Hei hosted the first known pōwhiri between Māori and Pākehā. Joe Davis tells the story in this video prepared for the Tuia 250 commemorations.
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Sun 30

NHCT board meeting – August 2020

August 30 @ 9:00 am1:00 pm

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NHCT board meeting – August 2020

The Ngāti Hei Charitable Trust board meets last Sunday of each month.  If you would like to put forward agenda items or appear before the board please contact the secretary….

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NHCT board meeting – September 2020

The Ngāti Hei Charitable Trust board meets last Sunday of each month.  If you would like to put forward agenda items or appear before the board please contact the secretary….

Stories Kōrero

Tuia 250 – Te Pōwhiri

In October 2019, a Pōwhiri took place at Wharekaho to commemorate the first amicable encounter between Māori and Pākeha 250 years ago. Over 2,000 people joined a hīkoi down Wharekaho

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Wharekaho – Te Pōwhiri

The story of Te Whitianga-a-Kupe, Ngāti Hei and the first known pōwhiri between Māori and Pākehā which took place at Wharekaho. This video, created for the Tuia 250 commemorations, features

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Our history Hītori

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Te Arawa waka arrives

Te Arawa arrives in Aotearoa. Hei, the uncle of Tamatekapua, settles his people at Te O ā Hei (Hahei) at Hereheretaura pā. The descendents of Kupe, who arrived c950, may already have occupied the area. The river Taputapuatea is thought to have been named by them after the marae in Rai’atea (Tahiti).

Ngāti Hei expand across the rohe

Descendants of Hei spread across the eastern peninsula, with its safe harbours and offshore islands. Plentiful kai moāna, tītī and resources such as basalt rock, used for adze and weapon making, made the area highly attractive and raids from the North and South were common.   

Hei Turepe was chief of Whitianga pā

Hei Turepe was a direct descendant of Hei, and under his leadership Whitianga pā thrived, The pā was set on the promontory above the Whitianga inlet, with the cliffs providing natural defences.

Toawaka meets Cook

The HMS Endeavour arrives in Te Whanganui a Hei (Mercury Bay). Ngāti Hei rangatira Toawaka was one of the first to be welcomed onboard the ship and is known to have met with Captain Cook.

Wharetaewa pā sacked

Approximately 1,000 Ngati Hei perished under siege from Ngati Tamaterā who succeeded by cutting off the water supply to Wharetaewa pā located on the southern headland of Wharekaho.

Wharekaho pā sacked

Already diminished from previous raids, almost all Ngāti Hei perish at Wharekaho pā, located on the ridge above  Wharetaewa pā, this time raided by Ngāpuhi during the “musket wars”.

Last burial at Hukihuki

Maggie Kupae was the last known Ngāti Hei tūpuna buried in an urupā opposite Whitianga wharf. Today, this busy commercial area of bars, cafes, restaurants and the Whitianga museum, is still considered wāhi tapu to Ngāti Hei.

Chief Tahere Tanui

The great-great-grandson of Toawaka, Tahere Raunui Tanui, who bore the mark of chieftainship, the bound or crooked foot, or pikowaewae, dies. He is buried in the urupā at Wharetaewa pā.

Waitangi Treaty claim first filed

The original Ngāti Hei Waitangi Tribunal claim was first filed by Ripeka Fleet, Patricia Ngaere Macdonald and Peter Tiki Johnston.

Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve opens

Ngāti Hei works with the Department of Conservation to create the marine reserve at Hahei.

Ohinau Island returned to Ngāti Hei

Ohinau Island, taken by the Crown in 1923 without investigation of title in the Maori Land Court, was finally returned to Ngāti Hei.

Waitangi Tribunal Hearing

Ngati Hei hosted government officials at Te Ra Ma Titi marae with a Pōwhiri. Many Hauraki iwi attended.

Hundreds attend Tuia 250 pōwhiri

Over 2,000 people joined a hikoi up Wharekaho beach to below Wharetaewa pā where over 900 dignitaries, boat crew and locals join in a pōhiri to mark the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Captain Cook’s Endeavour.

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