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  • Picton History New Zealand

    …(ivorw@xtra.co.nz) If you arrive in the region by sea or air, the intricate detail of the Marlborough Sounds engages your interest immediately. Early History The site of modern day Picton was originally a Maori Pa (fortified village) called Waitohi or Te Wera O Waitohi. The name Waitohi means Wai or…

  • Early Settlement in New Zealand, New Zealand Settlement

    Skip to main content Home »New Zealand Travel »New Zealand History »Early New Zealand Settlement Early New Zealand Settlement First Arrivals First Maori were the early inhabitants of Aotearoa/New Zealand (meaning 'Land of the Long White Cloud'). After arriving from their ancestral…

  • Wanganui History, History of Wanganui New Zealand

    …Zealand Company turned to the Wanganui region, and in 1840 began purchasing the land from the local tribes. Maori resentment continues today. Early History Traditional Maori Carving New Zealand Photographer: Ben Crawford (www.bencrawford.co.nz) The Wanganui region is the third oldest settlement in…

  • Paihia History New Zealand

    …»Paihia History Paihia History Paihia | Regional Information | Activity Highlights | Scenic Highlights | History Paihia has a rich natural and cultural history and is a focal point of New Zealand's early history. NZ Maps NZ DVDs NZ Products NZ Holiday Deals Paihia History Overview Paihia…

  • Blenheim History New Zealand

    …immediately. Early History Maori legend describes the entire South Island as Maui's waka (canoe), wrecked on a reef during a fishing expedition. The shattered bow of the canoe became the Sounds. In the 1840's, Captain Cook sighted New Zealand and European colonisation began. Early history of the…

  • Russell History New Zealand

    …Maori who had a relatively high presence there. The Maori traded timber and food in exchange for muskets, alcohol and other European goods. Early History Maori Marae, Waitangi Bay of Islands, Northland Photographer: Ben Crawford (www.bencrawford.co.nz) On 30 June 1840 Governor Hobson read is…

  • Chatham Islands History Information

    …»Visitor Information »New Zealand Regions »Chatham Islands History Chatham Islands History Chatham Islands | Regional Information | Activity Highlights | Scenic Highlights | History The history of the Chatham Islands goes back to around 1500 when the islands were first inhabited…

  • Waikato History Information New Zealand, History of Waikato NZ

    …the Waikato region. Early History The Waikato area is thought to have been settled as early as the 14 th century by Maori settlers, with many pa (villages) being established throughout the region. Over time many Maori warriors and tribes grew throughout the region. In the early 1800s intense Maori…

  • Mangonui History Information New Zealand

    …Mangonui is named. Mangonui is named after a guardian taniwha who in the form of a giant shark accompanied the canoe Riukaramea into the harbour. Early History Originally Mangonui was established as a whaling town, but over time as whaling declined the town changed into a milling town. As a sailor's…

  • Palmerston North History New Zealand

    …- the transliteration of "Palmerston North" and "Papaioea" - which is believed to mean "How beautiful it is". Early History Ceremonial Waka Photographer: Sheila Thomson Creative Commons The Maori trace their occupancy of the region back about 700 years. Ngati Rangitane…

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