October 2008
This plan describes the cultural significance of Heipipi Historic Reserve. It also sets out policies and work recommendations to assist with the conservation of this special place.


Heipipi Pa in Napier is thought to be one of the oldest pa in Hawke's Bay. It is distinctive as ‘the pa that was never conquered by attack’. Heipipi was built at least four hundred years ago and it is probable that many people lived on the site over a very long time and modified it according to their needs. The hapu associated with the pa include Ngati Whatumamoa, Ngati Awa, Ngati Maru iwi and Ngati Kahungunu particularly Ngati Matepu.

This plan provides a description of heritage places at Heipipi Historic Reserve, a statement of their significance, and policies and work recommendations to assist with their conservation.

Publication information

Author: Lynda Walter & Karen Greig, ItSitu Heritage Ltd for the Department of Conservation.


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Wellington 6143

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