Kōrero: Nelson region

Argillite quarry

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This argillite quarry in the hills behind Nelson city was used by Māori before European arrival. Māori valued argillite’s strength, hardness and ability to hold a sharpened edge – which make it ideal for making tools (especially adzes). Māori quarried the stone by lighting fires to heat the rock faces, then throwing on water to fracture the rock. They also used hammerstones to break up smaller boulders, carrying up granidiorite pebbles and cobbles weighing as much as 25 kilograms from the Boulder Bank for this purpose.

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Private collection
Photographs by Jock Phillips

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - Māori history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/interactive/28815/argillite-quarry (accessed 18 April 2024)

He kōrero nā Carl Walrond, updated 1 Aug 2015