Story: Te Arawa

Whitianga Harbour, Coromandel Peninsula

Whitianga Harbour, Coromandel Peninsula

This area is a stronghold of the Ngāti Hei people, who are descendants of Hei, Tamatekapua’s uncle. In the early 2000s the Ngāti Hei Trust Board represented some 350 people, the sole survivors of the 23 hapu (sub-tribes) that once occupied the area. The Ngāti Hei tribe was decimated by musket-wielding Ngāpuhi war parties that swept through the area in the early 1800s.

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Paora Tapsell, 'Te Arawa - Settlement and migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Paora Tapsell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017