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Flooding on the Wairau Plain
Blenheim and the Wairau floodplain have experienced at least one damaging flood every decade since European settlement. In the early days, floods occurred so often and flood control works...Read more about "Flooding on the Wairau Plain"...
Shipping and trade on the Opawa River
At one time, Picton was described as Marlborough's front door and the Opawa River as the tradesmen's entrance, but in the early days of European settlement, river trade...Read more about "Shipping and trade on the Opawa River"...
Blenheim, or "The Beaver"
The Wairau Affray in 1843 badly frightened potential European settlers of the Wairau and it was to be several more years before the Nelson settlers again began to consider...Read more about "Blenheim, or The Beaver"...
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"...
The Great Blenheim Flood of 1923
Blenheim was built at the junction of two rivers as a river port, close to sea level1. Blenheim's early history was one of frequent flooding until extensive river...Read more about "The Great Blenheim Flood of 1923"...
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