Ngati Hau Hapu

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 Ruapekapeka Pa  Ngati Hau Float 2011 State Highway 1 logo
 Ngati Hau logoThis design is a stylised cloak pin to represent our connection to our Tupuna Hautakowera where we get our hapu name Ngati Hau; he was known to wear a dog skin korowai. The design symbolises Ngati Hau’s connection to the land, forests, rivers, and sea. Ngatiwai ki te moana, Ngati Hau ki te uta (when we go to the ocean we are Ngatiwai, when we go to the land we are Ngati Hau). Each of the koru shapes represents the areas and marae that make up Ngati Hau.

 Visit the Ngati Hau website for contact details and more information see here

Ngati Hau AGM 18 February 2012

Chairpersons report
Financial Report
Resource Management Unit presentation
Organisational Review presentation

Treaty of Waitangi Claims

The Ngati Hau claims team is headed by Te Raa Nehua. The team is based at the Whakapara Marae and can be contacted on 09 4339734 or

Hinewhare Harawira is working on collecting evidence to support the claims. If you have any stories  of things you remember or that you were told (loss of language, lands, water ways, traditional food gathering places) or written evidence please contact the team.


Part 1 Amended Statement of claims filed September 2011

Part 2 Statement of claims filed September 2011
Generic statement of claims February 2012
The name Ngāti Hau is derived from the ancestor Hautakowera. He was a rangatira who was well known for his hospitality.
There are five marae that belong to the hapū of Ngāti Hau: Whakapara, Akerama, Pehiaweri, Maruata, Maraenui.

Four of these marae are located in the Whangarei and surrounding areas;
-          Whakapara and Akerama (north of Whangarei)
-          Pehiaweri and Maruata (Glenbervie area on the outskirts of

Maraenui is located in the Waihou Valley in the Kaikohe region. Ani Kaaro (Te Tawaka’s sister) donated land to build a marae for whānau who moved to that area or who were travelling in that area and needed a place to stay.

Ngati Hau Trust

The Ngāti Hau Trust Board is made up of representatives from each of the five
marae. The main function of the Board is to;
·         consider issues that are of mutual interest to the marae
      and people of Ngāti Hau;
·         combine resources to research and initiate programmes
      that support the development of the hapū (cultural, social,
      and economic);
·         and the preservation of hapū assets and resources 



Ruapekapeka Pa 

Trust Board
The Ruapekapeka Pa Management Trust, representing the descendants of the Pa-builder Kawiti, and iwi of Ngati Manu, Ngati Kahukuri, Ngati Hau, Ngati Hine, Te Kapotai and Ngapuhi Nui Tonu, works with DOC to protect and preserve Ruapekapeka Pa and Battlefied.

Engineering Feat
On the 16th February 2008 a plaque was unveiled at the Ruapekapeka Pa site to recognise the pa as a historic engineering feat.

Here is an extract from the Department of Conservation website about the Pa:

‘Ruapekapeka is the site of the last battle in the north 1845-46. Here Te Ruki Kawiti built what he hoped would be the final answer to the overwhelming firepower of the British, a ‘bats nest’ of tunnels, rifles pits and trenches surrounded by a mighty palisade. Because of these cunning defences Ruapekapeka is a site of national and international importance’.

Ngati Hau Float Hikurangi Christmas Parade

Ngati Hau entered a float into the Hikurangi Christmas parade on the 4th December. It was a great opportunity to use the waka and get the kids involved. Also to promote our Ngati Hau hapu environmental message for safe waters.

The parade started from the Hikurangi school grounds where all floats were assembled for judging. The parade of floats went down the main street to the side streets by the old dairy factory and museum to turn around and come back up the main street to end at the school.

It was a cloudy day but very warm. Everyone was hoping the rain would hold off till the parade was over - it started to drizzle just as the floats were on their way back down the street. Never the less the kids (and adults) had a great time. People commented it was a great parade. Aunty Muriel Mengelberg said it was the best parade she had ever seen in Hikurangi - and she has seen many.

You can see more photos in the photo gallery.

 ngati hau float
The Ngati Hau float - the kids had a great time.

 car with sign
Promoting Ngati Hau environmental message
sides on waka
It was a mad rush to get the float ready on
time, but we got there.  
Ngati Hau logo features on State Highway 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 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 and other Ngati Hau rivers are well known as areas to collect tuna. Whakapara is one of the marae that make up the hapū of Ngati Hau.  

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.

 logo tnz sign up
Tepora Kauwhata and her nephew and son 
waiting for karakia to unveil the logo.

 te raa doing karakia
Te Raa Nehua performing karakia to unveil
the logo.

five ngatihau reps
Allan Halliday, Te Raa Nehua and his son,
Tepora and Charles kauwhata and their son.


 logo on wall
The Ngati Hau logo
tnz rep with te raa
TNZ rep with Te Raa Nehua
 people watching cermony
Allan Halliday and workmen

Page last updated 7 May 2012