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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"...
Education in Marlborough
Marlborough's early schools faced a tough beginning. The first school was established by Nelson settlers, but after separation in 1859, Marlborough's education system suffered from a lack of money....Read more about "Education in Marlborough"...
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