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Te Whanganui-a-Tara : Pukapuka Te Whanganui-a-Tara : Books

The making of Wellington, 1800-1914


In particular, the Chapter: "Te Whanganui-a-Tara : phases of Maori occupation of Wellington Harbour c.1800-1840", by Angela Ballarat

An old New Zealander, or, Te Rauparaha, the Napoleon of the south

Buick, Thomas Lindsay

1976 (reprint from 1911)

The Paremata barracks

Burnett, R. I. M.


Te Rauparaha, a new perspective

Burns, Patricia


Life & times of Te Rauparaha

Te Rauparaha, Tamihana


Extracts from the writings of Tamihana Te Rauparaha, originally written in Maori.

Petone : a history

Butterworth, Susan


The Kapiti coast : Maori history and place names

Carkeek, W.


"Maori tribal history and place names of the Paekakariki-Otaki District."

The interpreter : the biography of Richard 'Dicky' Barrett

Caughey, Angela


"Richard Barrett, arrived on a whaling ship from Sydney in 1829. He was one of New Zealand's key pioneers, marrying a high-born Maori woman and experienced first hand the conflict between Taranaki and Waikato Maori. He set up whaling stations and became a translator for the New Zealand company."

Past days in Lower Hutt and Petone. Vol. 1

Kenneally, J. M.


"A pictorial review of selections from family albums, illustrating scenes, events, memories, comings and goings and occasions in the lives of the citizens of historic Lower Hutt and Petone, in the Province of Wellington, New Zealand."

Māori : a photographic and social history

King, Michael

2008 (Revised edition, originally published in 1983)

Rangitāne : a tribal history

McEwen, J. M


The pioneers of Port Nicholson

McGill, David



Maclean, Chris


"Kapiti Island is situated off the Northern Coast heading out of Wellington. This book looks beyond the popular perceptions of the island making an authoritaive study of the Island, it's history and the possiblites for it's future." (Wheelers)

Waikanae : past and present

Maclean, Chris


Wellington through a Victorian lens revisited

Main, William

2010 (Revised edition, originally published in 1972)

Ngā uruora = the groves of life : ecology & history in a New Zealand landscape

Park, G. N.

2018 (Classic edition, originally published in 1995)

"First published in 1995, Nga Uruora took the study of New Zealand's natural environment in radical new directions. Geoff Park's research focuses on New Zealand's fertile coastal plains, country of rich opportunity for both Maori and European inhabitants, but a country whose natural character has vanished from the experience of New Zealanders today. Beginning with James Cook's Endeavour party on the Hauraki Plains, and then the New Zealand Company's arrival in the valley that became the Hutt, Park takes us through the river flatlands where the imperatives of colonial settlement transformed the original forests and swamps with ruthless efficiency. Nga Uruora's primary journey is to four auspicious places - Tauwhare on the Mokau River, Papaitonga in Horowhenua, Whanganui Inlet and Punakaiki on the South Island's West Coast - where small remnants of the plains forests' indigenous ecosystems of kahikatea and harakeke still survive. The histories of these places, what they mean to Maori, their ecological vulnerability and their significance for conservation are major concerns. Geoff Park ties these issues together through the experience of the places themselves, their magic, immediacy and beauty."

Orongomai : the birth of a marae

Rainey, Patricia


Te Wiremu

Rogers, Lawrence Moter


See pp. 139-154

History and traditions of the Māoris of the west coast, North Island of New Zealand, prior to 1840

Smith, S. Percy


"The Māori history of the coast and its hinterland from traditional and European sources with emphasis on the early 19th century"--Bagnall.

Maori wars of the nineteenth century : the struggle of the northern against the southern Maori tribes prior to the colonisation of New Zealand in 1840

Smith, S. Percy


"This 1899-1901 publication (revised 1910) about the New Zealand 'Musket Wars' reveals how Europeans interpreted Māori oral traditions." (Catalogue)

The making of Wellington, 1800-1914


Chapter: "A difficult and complicated question : the New Zealand Company's Wellington. Port Nicholson claim", by Rosemarie Tonk.

Adventure in New Zealand

Wakefield, Edward Jerningham

1955 (Originally published in 1845)

Full text of 'Adventure in New Zealand' available online

The shadow of the land : a study of British policy and racial conflict in New Zealand, 1832-1852

Wards, Ian McLean


Published by Historical Publications Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs

Land problems of the New Zealand settlers of the forties

Wilson, E. Wilson


The Treaty of Waitangi -- The early Northern land claimants -- The Office of Protector of Aborigines : the Maori land laws -- FitzRoys's waiver of the crown's right of pre-emption -- The New Zealand Company's settlers : Mr Spain's commission -- The waste lands problems : Earl Grey's instructions, 1846.

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