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William Brownlee (1828-1917) and Edward Baigent (1813-1892) were two of Marlborough/Nelson's most successful sawmillers. Generations of both families continued to work in the timber and forestry industries until the...Read more about "Timber Pioneers - Brownlee and Baigent"...
Ahumāra - Māori horticulture
The first Māori immigrants, who came from much warmer climes in the Pacific, were forced to adapt their horticultural methods quickly in order to survive. Kūmara, in particular, required...Read more about "Ahumāra - Māori horticulture"...
Patu Tohorā or Māori Whaling
Ancient archaeological finds in Te Tau Ihu include whale tooth pendants, whalebone amulets and other adornments, and simulated whale teeth made from local serpentine. It is not clear whether...Read more about "Patu Tohorā or Māori Whaling"...
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?"...
The lime and marble of Tākaka Hill
Tākaka Hill divides Nelson and Golden Bay / Mohua. Its steep, twisting road reveals the ancient craggy lime and marble formations and caving system that give the hill...Read more about "The lime and marble of Tākaka Hill"...
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