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Jumped ship to become first Chinese Immigrant to New Zealand It was an unconventional arrival for New Zealand's first Chinese immigrant in 1842. Wong Ah Poo Hoc Ting, approx.1820-1920,...Read more about "Appo Hocton "...
The Murchison Earthquake
*Shaky Ground* For centuries before Europeans arrived, Māori had experienced rū whenua - ‘the shaking of the land'. According to Māori tradition, earthquakes are caused by the god Rūaumoko (or...Read more about "The Murchison Earthquake"...
Taonga Pūoro or Singing Treasures
The first Polynesian settlers in Aotearoa were greeted by a noisy soundscape and a plethora of new materials for making musical instruments. Centuries later, the botanist Joseph Banks[http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/1966/banks-sir-joseph] described the...Read more about " Taonga Pūoro or Singing Treasures"...
Shelbourne Street Gaol
Unwanted, Unneeded, Unremembered: The Life of the Nelson Gaol 1850-1898 The Nelson Gaol built at Shelbourne St in 1850 is little known or remembered as part of modern day...Read more about "Shelbourne Street Gaol"...
Early colonial life in Nelson
Nelson’s early Europeans Who were the first European colonists to Nelson? What kind of people were they? They were tough and inventive. Nelson’s first European houses were often built from...Read more about "Early colonial life in Nelson"...
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