Story: East Coast region

Traders: John Harris (1st of 3)

Traders: John Harris

John Harris was the first European trader on the East Coast, trading in flax at Tūranganui (Gisborne) from mid-1831. He remained in the district for the rest of his life, as a trader, for a time as a whaler, and also as a landowner – thanks in part to the support of his Māori relatives by marriage.

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Monty Soutar, 'East Coast region - European impact on Māori, 1769 to 1869', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Monty Soutar, updated 1 Mar 2015