Post Script

Te Whanganui o Hei today is alive with some of New Zealand’s most ancient and important history.

It is the site of the Whitianga Pa known as probably the oldest Maori pa site in New Zealand. It is where the Polynesian explorers planted their first   kumara some 700 years ago, and where Cook handed over the first potato.

Ngati Hei’s iconic pa at Wharetaewa, looking out on   one of the most glorious and expansive vistas on all New Zealand’s coastline, is the place where the very first powhiri was performed by Maori for Europeans.

By the Purangi River, historic sites remind us of the Transit of…

He rae ki te rae, he ihu ki te ihu,
Te hau ka rere, te ha ka tau

A meeting of peoples, a mixing of cultures,
a blending of heritage, a sharing of future