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John Sylvanus Cotterell
Surveyor, settler, explorer If John Cotterell had not been killed, in the Wairau Affray, at the tender age of 23, it is likely he would have become a person...Read more about "John Sylvanus Cotterell 1819-1843"...
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"...
Motueka and early settlement
Around 1839-1840, the Ngati Rarua and Te Ātiawa people living in the Motueka region heard that a European settlement was likely to be established there and realised this offered ...Read more about "Motueka and early settlement"...
Trolove of the Clarence Frederick Trolove (1831-1880) was an early European settler who established Woodbank Run, located south of the Clarence River. Most of what is known about Trolove,...Read more about "Frederick Trolove"...
This story will cover an area on the south side of the Wairau River from the Waihopai Valley to the Wash and across the river to Northbank. Wairau...Read more about "Wairau Valley"...
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