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Artist, draughtsman and explorer The young Charles Heaphy was initially employed by the New Zealand Company as an artist and draughtsman, but his duties were varied and included helping to chart...Read more about "Charles Heaphy 1820-1881"...
The ponds, marshes, lagoons and tidal estuaries fed by the Wairau and Opawa Rivers had always been the richest year-round food resource in the Cook Strait area. Major fighting...Read more about "Waikārapi or Vernon Lagoons"...
Early settlers did not fully understand the hazards posed by New Zealand waterways and death by drowning came to be known as 'the New Zealand death'.1 A role in...Read more about "Maori Rescues"...
Surveyor and Explorer Thomas Brunner was a young, upper middle-class Englishman working for an Oxford architect and surveyor, but he came from a family of colonists and had adventure...Read more about "Thomas Brunner (1821–74)"...
Maori and Gold
The goldrushes In 1857 there were 1,300 Pakeha and 600 Māori digging in the Aorere district[aorere-gold/], New Zealand's first real goldrush. The influx had a profound effect on tangata...Read more about "Maori and Gold"...
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