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. Wairau Affray
    The Wairau Affray was the first serious engagement between Maori and British settlers after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. It had a significa... read more
  2. Ngati Tumatakokiri
    Ngati Tumatakokiri, a numerous and fierce tribe, dominated the north-western quadrant of the South Island for at least 200 years read more
  3. Ngai Tara at Appleby Pa
    In the late 1500s when Ngāti Tumatakokiri were consolidating their hold over the western districts of Te Tau Ihu, a section of the closely-related Nga... read more
  4. New and altered geographic names of Te Tau ihu
    On 1 August 2014 a number of new or altered geographic names took effect as part of Treaty Claims settlements. read more
  5. Taonga Pūoro or Singing Treasures
    Richard Nunns and Brian Flintoff played a significant part in reviving the art of taonga taonga pūoro read more