Ngati Hau Logo Statehighway 1

The Ngati Hau logo on the new concrete retaining wall on State highway 1 at Whakapara was unveiled and blessed at 7am on the 14 December 2010.

Ngati Hau Trust Board Resource Management Unit representatives worked with Transit New Zealand to include images of tuna and the Ngati Hau logo on the concrete wall. The tuna design was chosen because Whakapara area and others within the Ngati Hau rohe including the Hikurangi Swamp were once well known for tuna.Tuna was very much a part of our diet.

The tuna on the wall depict the migration during times of flooding when they leave the Ngati Hau rohe and travel to the Kaipara in order for them to reach their migrating grounds.

The Ngati Hau logo in this case represents our manaaki (hospitality) in feeding our manuhiri (guests) these beautiful and delicious tuna.  

Ngati Hau was represented by Te Raa Nehua, Tepora and Charles Kauwhata from the Whakapara marae, and Allan Halliday from the Akerama marae. 6 Karakia were performed by Te Raa and Charles followed by mihimihi and waiata. Transit NZ and Fulton Hogan representatives were also there.


The karakia were performed before the walls were completed to allow the workmen to carry on unhindered. Only a few people were allowed on site for safety reasons; the large scale of the work and the close proximity of the busy highway. The people who attended had to wear safety gear and were transported to the site by Transit NZ.


The tuna design and logos are a striking feature as you drive past. They will no doubt become one of the landmarks of the area.


 five ngati hau reps  Alan,Te Raa,Kauwhata,Tepora,Charles

 karakia     Te Raa doing the karakia

tnz rep
TNZ representative with Te Raa 
people watching
Workers and Allan watching
the logo on wall
Getting the logo ready for blessing

It was a special day to see Ngati Hau working closely with a government agency to achieve a positive result for Ngati Hau and for Transit NZ.


highway logo 2 

 highway logo 3 

These pictures below show the logo after it was painted red.

Page last updated 9 Jun 2012