Monday, December 15, 2014

Thames (NZ): Te Kauaeranga the history of the Thames

A MUST WATCH. A two part video on YouTube that gives the history of Te Kauaeranga, the area we know today as Thames. The commentary is fittingly in te reo Māori, but the English sub-titles are a full transcript which adds to the story being told.

Key points to watch for and learn more about are:
  • From Moehau to Te Aroha - there were 12 tribes of the Marutuahu
  • Settled the land pre-European times
  • Tainui canoe visited the coast
  • Te Kauaeranga name for area known as Thames
  • James Mackay appointed to purchase tribal lands
  • Chief Taraia Ngakuti Te Tumuhia was against sale of the land (photo right)
  • 1852 Gold at Kapanga
  • Gold found at Thames by Tangata
  • 1867 Thames gold rush
  • Maori land leased for mining, was to be returned
  • Chiefs allowed early Kauri logging for ship building
  • Matai Whetu Marae history and relationship to Kopu and Meremere
  • Importance of Whakapapa, and local maori customs
  • Need for oral history library for Hauraki
THE VIDEOS are:

Part 1 of 2 Te Kauaeranga the history of the Thames
Published on Apr 17, 2012
 
Part 2 of 2 Te Kauaeranga the history of the Thames
Published on Apr 17, 2012
Part 1 and 2 Te Kauaeranga the history of the Thames Waka Huia TVNZ 17 April 2012 - 'Te Kauaeranga' is a 29'00" documentary on the history of the Thames area Southwest of Coromandel during Thames Heritage week - "A week-long celebration of the rich history of Thames."

Further information:
The Treasury Journal - CHIEF TARAIA NGAKUTI TE TUMUHUIA and JAMES MACKAY
Also The Hauraki Mission Station.
The Treasury and Thames Library have a large number of books about the local tangata whenua.
Hauraki iwi website

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