To protect the historic, archaeological, cultural and spiritual values of this garden pa, the McRae Trust Board signed a Queen Elizabeth II Covenant in 2005. (1ha)
The garden pa of the revered Te O Tane, predates European contact. Ngahiwi Tomoana, Chairman of Ngati Kahungunu Iwi calls Te O Tane , “The Terminator”, responsible for avenging all Kahungunu losses in battle, hence his mana. He exacted utu (revenge) for transgressions that occurred over a long period”.
Takitimu by J H Mitchell, has a graphic account of his life and war-like exploits circa 250 years ago.
“He was of massive build, extraordinarily tall, framed in proportion and possessed of tremendous strength. The military achievements and fame of Te O Tane were keystones to the greatness and security of the Ngati Kahungunu tribe.”
A Conservation Plan is to be drawn up in consultation with local Iwi for a process for pa preservation, remedial work, and access to the public. Heritage site plans include a walkway from SH38 and the Waitahora Arboretum Park , with native plantings, signage and development. (ICOMOS Charter)
“Waitahora is a highly significant site. It is an outstanding example of a pa in this particular ecological setting. It is well worth taking the effort to ensure its long term protection and it would be of public and Tangata Whenua interest.” - Dr Kevin L Jones, Department of Conservation, Co- Author of Caring for Archaeological Sites: NZ Guidelines.
A small stone adze discovered here in 1970s was presented to the Wairoa Tai Whenua.