1. Early residents at Matangi Āwhio - Pohea and Tamangakau *Place Names *An old tradition recounted by kaumatua of Ngāti Kuia and Ngāti Koata offers one explanation for the...Read more about "Matangi Āwhio"...
Poiwhai, Punawai and Mānuka Island
Frederick Tuckett’s 1842 map of the Nelson Settlement shows in yellow 100 of the 1,100 one-acre Nelson Town Sections surveyed for Nelson Town. These were the New Zealand Company’s...Read more about "Poiwhai, Punawai and Mānuka Island"...
Tāhunanui - the kāinga
Tāhunanui sounds like a name from pre-European times but it was only approved in 1911. Until the twentieth century the area was known as The Sands or Tāhuna; its traditional...Read more about "Tāhunanui - the kāinga"...
Wakatū or Whakatū
Māori Names People often ask what a Māori place-name means, and try to break down parts of the name to find meaning: e.g. Motueka = motu + weka =...Read more about "Wakatū or Whakatū"...
The traditional name for the river flowing through Nelson City was “Mahitahi”, truncated to “Maitai” from early colonial times. For centuries the Maitai Valley has been an important access...Read more about "Mahitahi River"...
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