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Gold was known in the Wangapeka district from the late 1850s.1 However, although an award was paid in 1861 to prospectors for the discovery of gold in the area,...Read more about "Wangapeka Gold"...
Lydia Higgs, signatory
In 1893 when she signed the petition Lydia Higgs (1854 - 1943), nee Holtham was 39 years old. She was the second wife of Caleb Higgs, whom she...Read more about "Lydia Higgs, signatory"...
Wakatu or Whakatu?
Many Māori names of localities and landscape features are no longer known, and where they have been preserved, the reason for the name may have disappeared in the...Read more about "Wakatu or Whakatu?"...
Flooding on the Wairau Plain
Blenheim and the Wairau floodplain have experienced at least one damaging flood every decade since European settlement. In the early days, floods occurred so often and flood control works...Read more about "Flooding on the Wairau Plain"...
Abel Tasman and Māori in Golden Bay / Mohua
When the Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman sailed into Golden Bay / Mohua in 1642, a mutual cultural misunderstanding may have been one reason for the brief violent encounter...Read more about "The first meeting - Abel Tasman and Māori in Golden Bay / Mohua"...
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