Story: Historic earthquakes

Wellington Harbour (Port Nicholson) and City

Wellington Harbour (Port Nicholson) and City

According to Māori tradition, Wellington Harbour once had a second entrance through the low area that now connects Miramar Peninsula (centre foreground) and the mainland. It was raised during an earthquake – probably in the 15th century – known to Māori as Haowhenua. This lithograph, published in 1842, illustrates the low-lying nature of the land around Miramar.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-029-006-b
Lithograph after a drawing by Charles Heaphy

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - Earthquakes in Māori tradition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 April 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2011, updated 1 Nov 2017