The Māori of Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough have a rich and living history.

This section tells some of the stories about the people and their land- ngā kōrero o te ihu o te waka a Maui. For background information see the Māori history section on Te Ara.

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  1. Wiremu Kingi Te Koihua
    Te Koihua, chief of Pakawau, spanned the decades between authentic Maori lifestyle and the new colonised society read more
  2. Slavery in Colonial Times
    As in many other cultures, slavery was a key element of Maori society read more
  3. Maori and Christianity
    Christianity was brought to Marlborough as early as 1839 read more
  4. The Parihaka Prophets in Nelson
    Te Whiti and Tohu lived under house arrest in Nelson in 1882 read more
  5. Tamati Pirimona Marino
    Tamati Pirimona Marino successfully combined his responsibilities as rangatira with the qualities necessary to succeed in the new society formed by co... read more
  6. Te Puoho ki Te Rangi
    Te Puoho, of Ngati Tama, was part of the Tainui Taranaki alliance's conquest of Te Tau Ihu in the 1820's. He remained in the area, continuing to exerc... read more
  7. Maori and education
    Maori were keen to learn, but not at the expense of their language and culture read more
  8. Te Tau Ihu Maori and the Taranaki Wars
    The lasting legacy of the Taranaki Wars was a deterioration in relationships between Maori and Europeans in Te Tau Ihu. read more
  9. Rangitahi Hanigan
    Rangitahi Hanigan, 1948-2009 hailed from Ngati Wairere and Ngati Haua of the Waikato Region was a wahina toa, an inspirational teacher and leader. read more
  10. Janice Manson
    Janice Manson, Ngati Tama and Te Atiawa descent, was a staunch advocate of strong, well-informed and successful development initiatives for Māori in t... read more