Heta Te Haara


Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Rangi

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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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  • Desiree Smith - Rongomaiwahine, Kahungunu, NgaPuhi, Tuhoe, Te Arawa

    At 1pm on 23 August 2012

    Kia Ora Whanau, Ko Desiree toku ingoa, ko au te mokopuna o Piata Te Haara raua ko Michael Railey. Te pikitia o Heta Te Haara, He Tane purotu, He Toki Ia. Ataahua Hoki Koroua.

  • Shelley Te Haara - Nagpuhi

    At 4pm on 9 August 2012

    My dad has told me i am his descendant. I feel very proud :)

  • antonio te haara - ngapuhi ngatirangi

    At 3am on 26 March 2012

    i am a straight desendent chief line like other te haara. ngati rangi. ko fiona tehaara raua ko tony cullen oku matua. taiamai ahau

  • Jane Drader - Nga Puhi - Ngati Rangi

    At 8pm on 24 June 2011

    What a proud and impressive man!!! he must have been a business minded man who made best of good opportunities while being involved in the community. I am his great grand-daughter, my Grandfather is Rui Kawhe Te Haara, mother is Agnes Ruru Clarke -(nee Te Haara), sister to uncle Gerry.

  • Janet Winther - Nga Puhi-Te Arawa

    At 10pm on 30 April 2011

    My partner and i have a picture of him in our lounge. He is my partners great great grandfather. My partners name is Raymond Te Haara and his father and mother were Gerry Te Haara and Barbara (Nee Te Paa).

  • patricia ann te haara - ngapuhi

    At 8pm on 25 August 2010

    a very proud great great grandaughter

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