Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Alexander Alexander’s store, 1850s

Alexander Alexander’s store, 1850s

Scotsman Alexander Alexander opened a trading post at Ahuriri (Napier) in 1846. It was the first European building in the future town. Alexander went on to open a number of stores in the district and married Hārata, a Ngāti Te Ūpokoiri woman of mana. Unlike most traders he stayed in Hawke’s Bay, dying at his farm near Napier in 1873.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - European contact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Jul 2015