Story: Early mapping

The Waitaki River (3rd of 3)

This 1848 sketch comes from the notebook of Walter Mantell, commissioner for extinguishing native title in the South Island. Mantell visited the mouth of the Waitaki River in November 1848, and met Te Ware Korari. Korari drew six maps of the Waitaki River and the lakes at its head. This one shows the river from Lake Ōhau (top right) to Kaamorikarika at the bottom. Marked are caves, hills, streams, swamps and kāinga which were important for Ngāi Tahu people travelling along the river.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-333-038
Pencil and ink drawing by Walter Baldock Durrant Mantell

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Melanie Lovell-Smith, 'Early mapping - Māori and maps of colonisation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2022)

Story by Melanie Lovell-Smith, published 24 Sep 2007