Te Heke Mai Raro 

200 years ago, our tupuna Te Rauparaha made the decision to lead the migration of Ngāti Toa Rangatira from Kāwhia to Kapiti.

To mark the 200-year anniversary of that remarkable journey of courage and tenacity, Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira invites all our Ngāti Toa Rangatira iwi members to join us in celebrating our migration, known as Te Heke Mai Raro. 

Over the next several months, we will celebrate with a wide range of events and activities that promote Ngāti Toatanga, manaakitanga and whanaungatanga. 

We’ll also develop a dedicated Te Heke Mai Raro website with resources and information for our whānau and iwi to learn more about Ngāti Toa Rangatira, our life in Kāwhia and Taharoa, and of course Te Heke Mai Raro.

Te Heke Tahutahu Ahi (The Fire Lighting Migration)

The most significant event for our iwi, with planning currently well underway, is to return to Kāwhia and Taharoa, and retrace the steps of our tupuna to Taranaki – which is part of historical migration, known as Te Heke Tahutahu Ahi. 

Scheduled to take place from 5 – 9 November 2021 and in recognition of our collective history and whakapapa, we will also be accompanied by Ngāti Koata and Ngāti Rarua on this historic and important journey.   

This will be a trip of a lifetime for many of our iwi members and best of all, it will enable you to see, touch, feel and smell the areas that we would have already read and learnt about on our dedicated Te Heke Mai Raro website. 


Te Heke Tahutahu Ahi Haerenga, scheduled from 5th – 9th November, is a trip of a lifetime for Ngāti Toa Rangatira. 

We have identified that in order to manage the travel, accommodation and catering requirements, we can take a maximum of 100 people. 

Ngāti Koata and Ngāti Rarua will also have the same number of places available for their whānau to attend. 

If you are interested in attending this haerenga, it is important that you provide us with an expression of interest, so that we can develop the next stage of our planning. 

Your expression of interest will also reserve your place for registration on the haerenga. 

Te Heke Tahutahu Ahi Haerenga Dates

5 Nov             Depart Takapūwāhia Marae for Kāwhia 

                        Pōwhiri on to Maketu Marae, Kāwhia.


6 Nov             Visit sites of historical significance in Kāwhia

                        Last night at Maketu Marae.


7 Nov             Travel to Taharoa

                        Pōwhiri on to Aruka Marae

                        Visit sites of historical significance in Taharoa.


8 Nov            Depart Taharoa for Taranaki

                        Pōwhiri on to Urenui marae in Taranaki.


9 Nov            Depart Taranaki for Takapūwāhia Marae      

                        Visit sites of historical significance in Taranaki along the way

                        Return to Takapūwāhia Marae.

Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira will support the provision of buses, accommodation and catering for our whānau. 

We will also support the provision of alternative accommodation for kaumātua and those who require alternative accommodation due to health reasons only. 

We are not in the position to cover the costs of private vehicles, additional kai or alternative accommodation for others who are not kaumatua or do not require alternative accommodation for health reasons.


To make an expression of interest, which will also reserve your place for registration, please send us a confirmation email to communications@ngatitoa.iwi.nz with the following information:

  • Your name, and the names of your whānau members who will also attend
  • Your date of birth, and the dates of birth of your whānau members who will also attend
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Phone number 

Once we have your information, we will register your interest in our data base to ensure that you are kept up to date with all future planning and correspondence and to complete your registration for this event. 

Please note: as part of the registration process, we will ask you for a $50 non-refundable deposit (which will be used as koha for each of our hosting marae) and a commitment to attend a minimum of 4 Mōteatea and Waiata Wānanga in the lead up to our haerenga, in preparation for the pōwhiri we will need to have at each marae.

For more information, please email communications@ngatitoa.iwi.nz