Story: Te Māori i te ohanga – Māori in the economy

Paremata whaling station

Paremata whaling station

This is Joseph Toms's whaling station at Paremata in the 1840s. Toms (spelt 'Thoms' in the picture title) married Te Tokirikiri, a niece of Te Rauparaha. Māori initially supplied food and other goods to whalers. Later, with shore-based whaling stations, Pākehā whalers often married into Māori communities. Some Māori communities continued to operate whaling stations even after whaling wound down.

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Te Māori i te ohanga – Māori in the economy - Early trade with Pākehā', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/25764/paremata-whaling-station (accessed 4 August 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010