Topic: Ani Heta's Grave, Kellyville Heights, Merrilands

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Ani Heta's Grave 2018

2018 view of grave site/urupa: By Hamish Crimp

The small parcel of land containing the grave of Ani Heta (and likely others), was surveyed in 1905 by Thomas Kingwell Skinner (see DP2207 attached). The grave site is located on the edge of a hill, near the present surveying trig - the site offers expansive views across much of New Plymouth, towards Mt Taranaki and also the Tasman Sea. Very little is currently known about Ani Heta or when the burial(s) occurred. 

It has been recalled by some residents that a grave marker/headstone was at some stage present on this site (probably still present in 1950s-60s). However, it seems to have been removed many years ago, with a neighbouring resident who has lived next to the site for over 30 years not recalling any knowledge of the grave or the presence of any marker (they used to mow right up to the trig before their boundary fence was constructed).

The land on which the grave is located, Part Native Reserve 4A, Ratahangae, was subject to a court case in 1904 between the Public Trustee and William Humphries regarding a mortgage of interest on the section. For further information see linked court summary - original documents from this case are also held by Puke Ariki (also linked). An outcome of the case was that access was to be maintained to the urupa. 

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Ani Heta's Grave, Kellyville Heights, Merrilands


City:New Plymouth