HAYSLEY MACDONALD - Ngāi Tahu
It all began here. Around 1350 AD, it is said, the first canoes rode the crashing waves of the Wairau Bar in to the Wairau river mouth. People set foot in Aotearoa-New Zealand, perhaps for the very first time.
Nestled between the mighty Wairau River and the azure waters of the Cook Strait ocean, with Cloudy Bay directly in front, te Pā’s home block vineyard at the Wairau Bar is as majestic as it is productive.Visit Te Pā Website
The distinctive te Pā logo is a literal representation of the hei matau, a traditional Māori fish hook, which illustrates the MacDonald family's connection to the Wairau Bar and the surrounding bodies of water as their source of sustenance. The logo is also symbolic of waru which is ‘eight’ in Te Reo Māori, which gives a nod to the family's 800-year history on the land.
The hei matau represents strength, prosperity, good luck and safe travel across water. It also incorporates the importance of fishing to Māori and a great respect for the sea.