Heta Te Haara


Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Rangi

Iwi map - Heta Te HaaraIWI / HAPU AFFILIATIONS

In August 1872, Heta Te Haara wrote to Sir Donald McLean1 asking to be granted a liquor licence to open a hotel at Ohaeawai. He explains Ohaeawai is between Hokianga and the Bay of Islands and that important Pākehā frequent the area. He states he will send plans for the establishment if his request is approved.2

Heta Te Haara was a prominent figure at Kaikohe and Waimate in Northland and one of the last Ngāpuhi chiefs to sign the Treaty of Waitangi.3 He was the chairman of the Ngāpuhi Kotahitanga movement formed in Kaikohe in 15 April 1891 for the purpose of unifying Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whatua and Te Aupouri.4 This movement was effectively the first effort to make a Māori Parliament. Te Haara lived at Ohaeawai in Northland and was involved with the building of churches in Ohaeawai and Mangākahia and the renovation of a temple at Waimate.

On 20 June 1902, Eru Tahere of Kaikohe visited the Lindauer Art Gallery in Auckland, and left this comment in the Māori Visitors' Book:

Ka nui taku whakapai i taku kitenga i ēnei tāngata, i a Heta arā i a rātou katoa.

I am very pleased to have seen these people, Heta and all the others.

This portrait of Te Haara was exhibited at the St. Louis World's Fair in April 1904.5 The painted is dated 1896 and is annotated as painting No. 4 in Gottfried Lindauer's notebook headed 'for Mr Partridge'.


  1. Alan Ward, 'McLean, Donald 1820 - 1877', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, updated 22 June 2007, accessed 24 February 2010.
  2. Letter from Heta Te Haara and others to McLean, 15 Aug 1872 , (Sir) Donald McLean Papers, MS Papers 0032 0696D 06, Alexander Turnbull Library, accessed 24 February 2010.
  3. John Wilson, 'Government and nation - The origins of Nationhood', Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 3 March 2009, accessed 24 February 2010.
  4. 'The Kaikohe Native Meeting', Northern Advocate, 22 April 1891, p 2, Papers Past, accessed 24 February 2010.
  5. 'Louisiana Purchase Exposition', Wikipedia - the Free Encyclopedia, accessed 28 January 2010.
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  • Lisa Te Pana - Ngapuhi/Ngati Rangi

    At 10pm on 5 August 2015

    Kia ora whanau. I am sitting with my whakapapa in front of me and can see many of the names you all mention, and would be able to fill in gaps with the information you provide. I am Heta Te Haara's great great great grand daughter. My 8 year old son just completed a school assignment on his whakapapa which has a photo of Lindauer's painting on it. My father was punished for speaking Maori in school and it saddens me to think how confusing this would've been for him. He was fluent in Maori but lost the language, as have I but always eager to learn. Dad would be proud my son is proud of our heritage, and that his school is nurturing this pride. My line - Grandmother Alice Margaret Watling; Great Grandfather Reketini Watling; Great Great Grandfather Watarini Te Haara. I will share this page with my whanau.

  • Lillian Tobin - Ngati Rangi / Ngapuhi

    At 10pm on 28 July 2015

    Kia ora to you all, My name is Lillian Tobin and I am a great grand daughter of Heta Te Haara, my grandfather being Sidney Watling Te Haara, one of Heta's son's that took his middle name as his surname, my mother is Edith Tobin, she is a grand daughter, one of twelve sibling's that are still here with us today.....I feel very proud to be part of such amazing whanau

  • Emely Leaf/Te Haara - Ngapuhi Nui Tonu

    At 2pm on 22 April 2015

    Kia Ora Koutou te whanau...Toku ingoa Emely TeHaara no Waimamaku..Toku paapa ko Apirana Rui Te Haara no Ngawha..Toku Maama Kaataraina Hamilton/Te Haara...Tenei Rangatira Heta Te Haara is my Great Grandfather my Grandfather Rui Kawhe Te Haaras father...Whom Rui Kawhe is My dads Father...woohoo SO PROUD!!!!

  • Rangi Davis - Ngati te ara Ngati Kopaki Ngati Hine

    At 10pm on 2 March 2015

    Tena kotou e nga whanaunga. This is awesome. I am studying with Ngati Hau under the umbrella of Northec the programme called Nga Pokaitahitanga o Ngapuhi. We had to do a research looking at a Ngapuhi Chief who signed the Treaty and Heta TeHaara came to mind because my brother died last week. His name is Heta TeWano named after a grand Uncle called Heta Teahuahu Mangu who I know is connected to Heta TeHaara through their mother our Karani Heni Whetu Whiu. Keep us connected through sharing I love it.

  • Ray Whiu - ngai tawake ki te waoku/ngati rangi

    At 10pm on 22 July 2014

    Heta Te Haara is my great great grandmothers brother her name is Hine Tuaiwa Tehaara who married Tuterangiwhiu a descendant of the rangatira lines of ngati porou.

  • Joseph Ashby - Ngapuhi

    At 11pm on 29 March 2014

    Kia Ora Whanau.. My name is Joseph Ashby (mums last name). I dont have much knowledge about my Te Haara back ground. I know my father is Mac Te Haara, who is deceased and is buried at St Michael's Anglican Church, Ohaeawai, Kaikohe. I know my grand mothers name was Mona Te Haara and Ngawha is the stomping ground of my tupuna.. If anyone have anymore who may know of or info about my whanau. It would be appreciated... My sons and daughters as well as myself need to know our whakapapa.

  • Adrian Mokonuiarangi Hau - Ngapuhi Ngati Rangi

    At 3pm on 14 March 2014

    chur chur whanau i am a str8 desendant from our tupuna heta te haara and im going back to our whenua to re-open the maori school for Mahi whakairo,Te reo classes also Mau rakau, iwi and hapu classes..Just teach and educate and most of all to help revive and past the knowledge to our nex generations and so on, i beleive if our ancestor was an educational public figure, well so am i, kia ora kotou

  • Mana MacKay - Ngati Rangi

    At 1pm on 26 June 2013

    I am great great grand daughter. His son is Louie (Rui). Rui is the father of my great grandmother Emma Te Haara (the most beloved person of my life). My grandmother is Mary Te Hunga Toia. My mother is Divinia Howearth. I am Mana Lee MacKay. I have three cihldren and two grandchildren.

  • whati

    At 10am on 2 June 2013

    I have a picture of this man if you will contact me Ill send it at your cost. I bought it from a garage sale as I thought its somones ancestor and they might like it About the size of an A4...tino ataahua.

  • Chonelle Paranihi Te Haara - Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Nga Puhi, Kai Tahu

    At 12pm on 13 December 2012

    I don't really know my Te Haara whakapapa and I am 21 it would be greatly appreciated if somebody could help me out with our Pepeha, My Koros name is David Te Haara who passed away before I was born he had 3 kids David, Rakapa (also passed). Then my father Te Riwhi Paora Richard Te Haara better known as Richard.

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