Te Haeata

Cultural Centre, French Pass

Taku tūranga ake tirotiro whakawaho ki Anatoto
Rā te haeata e whiti ana, ko te ara whānui a Tane
Kei tua rā ko te timatanga o Te Tuku mai ki ahau
Ngāti Koata e mau mere nei, Kauae Hurihia e rangona nei
Kei mua rā a Kurupongi e rewa ana
Ka huri āku kamo ki Rangitoto Te Motu nui ra ia
Tū mai rā e koro e Takapōtaka
Heke whakararo ki Ngāmuka ko Tawhi rā te tama I hoki mai
Kei au kei tai ko Te Aumiti Te Tai Nukunuku a Pani, e whiowhio ana, e whati pari ana
E hoki mai au ki Anarū ki tōku pātuwatawata ki Te Haeata
E ko koia e ara e!

Te Haeata Bookings

Booking system coming. To book Te Haeata in the meantime, please call the office.

All bookings for Te Haeata are for Ngāti Koata use only.

Te Awatea: Is our commercial property which can be booked through Holiday Houses NZ. Click on the this link for more information.

HE WHAKAMĀRAMA | About

Located in the timeless seaside haven of Anarū (French Pass), Te Haeata rests on a low ridge nestled against native bush and facing north-east. Straight across is Kurupongi (Trios Islands), to the east is Anatoto (Clay Point), and to the north-west is Rangitoto (d’Urville Island). Te Haeata was vested to Ngāti Koata as part of our cultural redress following our treaty settlement in 2012.

Previously the French Pass School and teacher’s residence, it was renamed Te Haeata by our kaumātua and is a base for our people to connect with their whānau, whenua, taonga and taiao. Te Haeata means ‘the dawn’, which speaks of both the spectacular sunrise views from Te Haeata, and a vision of new beginnings for the iwi following the settlement. In winter from Te Haeata, the sun can be seen rising between Kurupongi and Anatoto.

The pou at the entrance to Te Haeata depicts Ngāti Koata rangatira Te Putu, Kauae Hurhia, Te Kāwau a Toru and a quill in reference to the signing of Te Tiriti by Ngāti Koata rangatira at Te Mārua. The imagery is representative of the tuku of Tūtepourangi and other kōrero significant to Ngāti Koata and the area. Unveiled in 2015, the pou was carved by Mark Davis (Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi, Ngāti Haua, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Raukawa) and blessed by Te Rangipūmamao Hira Selwyn.

The two whare, Te Umurangi and Te Ata Pūao, are available for Ngāti Koata whānau and groups to book for wānanga, noho, hui, accomodation and whānau gatherings. Subject to approval, external groups may also book Te Haeata. Click here for more information about how to Book Te Haeata.

Led by the Te Haeata Committee, Te Haeata has undergone a number of renovations and upgrades over the past few years. Maintenance and upgrades will continue.