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The ponds, marshes, lagoons and tidal estuaries fed by the Wairau and Opawa Rivers had always been the richest year-round food resource in the Cook Strait area. Major fighting...Read more about "Waikārapi or Vernon Lagoons"...
Surveyor and Explorer Thomas Brunner was a young, upper middle-class Englishman working for an Oxford architect and surveyor, but he came from a family of colonists and had adventure...Read more about "Thomas Brunner (1821–74)"...
One story of welcome - Mary Ann Hodgkinson
*A Traditional Challenge at the Port *Mary Ann Hodgkinson, who had just arrived on the Thomas Harrison with her family in October 1842, had been drilled in self-defence on...Read more about "One story of welcome - Mary Ann Hodgkinson"...
Hūria Mātenga and Māori Rescues
Early settlers did not fully understand the hazards posed by New Zealand waterways and death by drowning came to be known as 'the New Zealand death'.1 A role in...Read more about "Hūria Mātenga and Māori Rescues "...
Pūrākau - Legends of Te Tau Ihu
The stories and legends, or pūrākau, of Te Tau Ihu tell of significant events in the history of the region. Some are Polynesia-wide legends, including creation myths, adapted to local...Read more about "Pūrākau - Legends of Te Tau Ihu"...
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