Story: Gold and gold mining

Coromandel Harbour, 1852

When gold was discovered on the Coromandel Peninsula in 1852, Europeans met with Māori to discuss mining and prospecting their lands. In this 1940s interview John Edgar (born in 1874) talks about Māori attitudes towards mining.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Mobile unit – Coromandel mining/Reference number MUCDR68).

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Reference: PUBL-0033-1853-465
Wood engraving after a watercolour by Charles Heaphy

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Carl Walrond, 'Gold and gold mining - Māori and Chinese miners', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006