Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Hawke’s Bay Māori settlements, around 1850

By 1850, when Europeans were arriving in the region, Māori settlements were clustered around the area that became the cities of Napier and Hastings. There were also a number of coastal settlements north and south of Cape Kidnappers. Inland settlements were along what is now the route of State Highway 5 in the Kaweka Range, and on and around the route of State Highway 2 in Central Hawke’s Bay.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - Māori settlement and occupation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 2 Jul 2015