Story: European exploration

Kaituna valley

Kaituna valley

The New Zealand Company settlement in Nelson needed more flat land. Explorers went east and discovered the Wairau plain. The resistance of Māori to surveyors in June 1843 temporarily delayed settlement, but the company continued to explore the area. James Drake was a survey cadet with the company, and on 15 January 1844 he sketched this scene looking up the Kaituna River valley, just north of the Wairau plains.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-108-012
Pencil and ink drawing by James Charles Drake

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Jock Phillips, 'European exploration - Thomas Brunner, Nelson and the West Coast', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007