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Stories about significant, interesting or unusual events which have occurred in the top of the South Island of New Zealand. See related stories on this site: The Wairau Affray Wreck...Read more about "Events"...
Te Rauparaha’s Account of the Wairau Affray
The Wairau Affray , as it has become known, resulted in the deaths of twenty-two Europeans, including Arthur Wakefield and Henry Thompson . Four Maori are known to...Read more about "Te Rauparaha’s Account of the Wairau Affray"...
John Kidson 1808-1875
Gardener, Nelson settler, participant in Wairau Affray and New Zealand Company agitator John and Amelia Kidson both had secure jobs in England - he was a gardener at the...Read more about "John Kidson (senior) 1808-1875"...
Captain Arthur Wakefield (1799-1843) was regarded as a fine naval officer and after retiring early from the Royal Navy, became resident agent of the new Nelson settlement. He was...Read more about "Captain Arthur Wakefield"...
The Nelson Settlement, planned in England, was to consist of 221,100 acres of cultivable, arable land. Despite warnings of insufficient land of suitable quality in Tasman and Golden Bays,...Read more about "Wairau Affray"...