Clevedon-Kawakawa Road, Pawhetau Point

  • Pa.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 6202 Date Entered 9th October 1984


Extent of List Entry

Extent includes part of the land described as Lot 1 DP 45518 (CT 180806, NA1C/1059), Pt Waitawa, South Auckland Land District and the archaeological site known as Pa (S11/75) thereon (refer to Archaeological Site Land Title Form for further information).

City/District Council

Auckland Council (Manukau City Council)


Auckland Council

Legal description

Lot 1 DP 45518 (CT 180806, NA1C/1059), Pt Waitawa, South Auckland Land District


Setting: on prominent headland on west side of Kawakawa Bay, Clevedon, with extensive views over Hauraki Gulf.

Archaeological Features: The pa defences consist of two transverse ditches with internal banks, I8 metres apart, and a third line, on a larger scale 60metres away. The interior is terraced, and extends right down to the end of the promontory, where a natural gully has been artificially steepened across a narrow neck. There are 12 pits on the terraces, and one very large one on the summit (tihi). The embanked outline of a rectangular construction is visible on a terrace immediately below the summit.

Supporting Evidence: An unfinished stone path was picked up on one of the terraces in 1982.

Condition of Site: Well preserved: some erosion from stock and wind.

Assessment: This is the largest and most imposing pa in the Clevedon-Orere district: it was probably a hapu pa of the Ngati Paoa, in•the time of Te Haupa in the early 19th century.


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Historical and associated iwi/hapu/whanau

Ngati Paoa

Construction Dates

Public NZAA Number


Completion Date

1st November 1982

Report Written By

Aileen Fox

Information Sources

Auckland Museum Library

Auckland Museum Library

A. Fox, 'The Pa N43/59 at Pawhetau Point, Clevedon, South Auckland', Auckland Museum records, 12, 1975, p. 15-21 (with plan)

Other Information

Information in this report is from the citation prepared for the NZHPT Archaeology Committee at the time of the registration.

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.