Story: City history and people



Māori never developed cities, instead living mostly in family-based villages. Nonetheless, areas of concentrated settlement did exist, including Tāmaki (Auckland isthmus). At the peak of its prosperity in 1750 the area’s population numbered thousands. A large community developed around Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill), which was an extensive . This aerial image shows how the landscape was terraced to make the pā.

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David Thorns and Ben Schrader, 'City history and people - The first towns', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 April 2024)

Story by David Thorns and Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010