The area around Tariki was surveyed in the 1880s by Edwin Brookes. He sketched the small Māori kāinga of Tariki, one of the few recorded in the forested area east of the mountain, and also wrote about the settlement:
‘So pushing through a small piece of bush we came upon some Maori whares, with two natives sunning themselves in front of one of them, as it was a lovely afternoon. These whares faced another clearing with a small stream running through the middle. Scattered here and there were fruit trees. Part of the clearing was then in grass; the far corner also in cultivation.’
(Edwin Stanley Brookes, Frontier life: Taranaki, New Zealand. Auckland: Brett, 1892, pp. 126–127.)
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Reference: Edwin Stanley Brookes, Frontier life : Taranaki, New Zealand, NZ. Auckland: Brett, 1892
Lithograph by E. S. Brookes
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