Te Hana and the new maori cultural and tourism centre
Gracefarm is right on the doorstep of this exciting new venture at Te Hana.
Te Hana has lots of history both pre and post European. Situated at a strategic junction where River/harbour, railway and highway meet, this is truely the gateway north. It was also an important portage between the Kaipara harbour and the east coast with the Te Hana tidal creek stretching inland.
Covenanted bush on Gracefarm, at the southern end is the scenic back drop to the Te Hana township.
Te hana derives it's name from a traditional Maori story of the 18th centuary about a young Maori princess named Te Ana. (the name was subsequently changed Te Hana to avoid confusion with another place in NZ). The princess, from the Ngati Whatua tribe at Poutu on the northern penninsular of the Kaipara harbour. fell in love with a warrier from the Ngati Awa tribe on the western penninsular of Okahukura which extends up to Te Hana. This union had sad consequences with battles right up to the present town of Te Hana. The Te Awa tribe were finally banished from the area and the princess and her lover died in the conflicts.
Following are extracts from the Te hana community development charitable trusts who have some great initatives in Te hana
Te Hana Te Ao Marama ( the new dawning of Te Hana ) is an exciting Ngati Whatua ki Kaipara Maori Cultural Tourism Centre with a difference. It forms the northern Gateway to Auckland and Northland. It is only 1hr from Auckland Harbour Bridge. The Community Marae is well under way, with the construction of the 17th Century Traditional Maori Village nearing completion, the building of the Whare Nui is progressing well. We eagerly await the completion and opening of Te Hana Te Ao Marama and hope you can enjoy the experience with us!
TE HANA TE AO MARAMA’
Noho Marae Stay
Te Hana Te Ao Marama Maori cultural village has a beautiful new Marae.
It offers an opportunity for people from all countries to experience
and learn about the rich and unique Maori culture of Aotearoa.
With the marae experience, the guest will be able to enjoy the hospitality
Of the local people, Ngati Whatua ki Kaipara, sharing local stories of the
past, present and future. Click to find out more