Te Hā

The Trust Nurturing the Te Hā Kaupapa

Meet those who hold and foster the Te Hā kaupapa on behalf of our community.

The Te Ha Trust was set up in 2013, through a series of local community meetings which included participants from all Iwi and a wide range of other entities and community organisations with an interest in the kaupapa.

Since then, the Trust has been working on two fronts:

  • Building support at a local level through the annual Te Hā commemorations programme.
  • Building momentum in Wellington for a national recasting of our founding story.

In 2014, and after much engagement with Te Hā, Cabinet agreed to recognise the 250th anniversary of the first meetings between Māori and Europeans as a major national Tier 1 commemoration in 2019.
The Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH) will deliver a programme of events and commemorations under the banner of Tuia Encounters 250.
This programme will be launched in Tairawhiti and will be supported by a broader and more encompassing programme of events and initiatives focused on generating long-term value and legacy for the region.
The Te Hā vision is held and nurtured by a volunteer team of Trustees and Pakeke.

Each gifts a unique perspective, decades of expertise and an unwavering passion for our community and the potential of this kaupapa.

Our Pakeke and Advisors

We are extremely grateful for the support of our kaumatua who were instrumental in developing this kaupapa and continue to guide our thinking.

Our pakeke are:

  • Colleen Hawkins
  • Temple and Olive Isaacs
  • Wirangi (Charlie) Pera
  • Romia Whaanga
  • Rutene Irwin
  • Ngahuia Gibson.

Our advisory trustee, appointed by the Te Hā Trust, is Sir Neil Cossons, UK World Heritage expert, formerly chair, English Heritage and Director, Science Museum of London.

Our patron is Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor General.

 Te Aturangi james HongiBW

What’s in a Name?

Te Hā means the sharing of breath, which is part of the traditional hongi (Māori greeting of pressing noses).
Breath was shared when the Endeavour’s captain James Cook and a local man “saluted by pressing noses” on a boundary marker rock in the Tūranganui River.
This occasion is recognised as the first formal meeting between Māori and European.
Te Hā – and the practice of sharing breath – brings us together in one mind and spirit. It allows us to acknowledge the past while creating a peaceful future together.