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Marlborough Sounds Whaling
For nearly 140 years, whales on their annual migration north were spotted by whalers from hilltop lookouts at the entrance to Tory Channel. Whale chasing boats then raced out to harpoon them...Read more about "Marlborough Sounds Whaling"...
Te Awatea Hou
Waitangi Day in 1990 was special, as it was the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. The largest gathering ever seen of Māori tribal war canoes (waka...Read more about "Te Awatea Hou"...
The Murchison Earthquake
*Shaky Ground* For centuries before Europeans arrived, Māori had experienced rū whenua - ‘the shaking of the land'. According to Māori tradition, earthquakes are caused by the god Rūaumoko (or...Read more about "The Murchison Earthquake"...
Plane crash at Tākaka
Max Heath survived World War II as a fighter pilot, came home to Tākaka and not long after, was killed in a plane crash.1 The 25-year-old warrant officer from...Read more about "Plane crash at Tākaka"...
Awatere Road Rail Bridge
For over 100 years the bridge at Seddon over the Awatere River has carried road and rail traffic, a unique link on State Highway One. This all changed...Read more about "Awatere Road Rail Bridge 1902 to 2007"...
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