Ray Heta

Ngāti Tūwharetoa

1932 - 1994

Ray Heta was born in Mokai and was educated at Mokai. He served in the Airforce for twenty-one years based both at Woodbourne Airforce Base and in Singapore. He was a member of Nga Puna Waihanga. He was a member of Maata waka in Blenheim and worked for Citizens’ Advice. He was active in the Māori community. He wrote reports and written work for Citizens’ Advice.

Biographical sources

  • Correspondence from Raewyn Heta, 20 May 2004.
  • Phone conversation with Raewyn Heta, 16 Sept. 1998.


  • "Nga Puna Waihanga Hui: Māori Artists and Writers’ Conference." Craft New Zealand 40 (1992): 15.
  • Heta writes an account of the Nga Puna Waihanga Hui held at Omaka Marae in Blenheim in 1992. She also gives a description of taonga created for the hui.