Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Site of William Colenso’s mission station, Clive

Site of William Colenso’s mission station, Clive

William Colenso established an Anglican mission station near Clive in 1844. The land was swampy and, as Colenso had the misfortune to experience on a number of occasions, prone to flooding – as the bottom photograph of the nearby Ngaruroro River in 2009 suggests. In 1847 his house was inundated by floodwaters which left a layer of silt 15 centimetres thick when they receded. Local chief Tāreha Te Moananui told Colenso, ‘[N]o one ever lived on this spot before you; it has only been the dwelling place of the eel’. (Quoted in Waitangi Tribunal, Mohaka ki Ahuriri Report. Wellington: Legislation Direct, 2004, p. 34.)

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - European contact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 July 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Jul 2015