December 03, 2012
Māori history of Waiheke tracked in new book
The author of a new book on Waiheke says development pressure shouldn't be allowed to overshadow the island's Māori past.
Paul Monin's Matiatia: Gateway to Waiheke takes an in-depth look at one of the most hotly contested spots on the island, the harbour where most visitors arrive.
He says while the archaeological record isn't as extensive as on other islands like Motutapu, where human and dog footprints have been found in volcanic ash, the indications are that East Polynesians settled on Waiheke soon after arriving in the country.
It was then a matter of following the story through to the present day.
Because western Waiheke remained in Māori ownership until just before World War I, there are comprehensive records about its early history in the Native Land Court minute books.
Matiatia: Gateway to Waiheke is published this week by Bridget Williams Books.
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