Kōrero: Historic earthquakes

Uplift of the foreshore

Gordon Amner was a young farmhand, cutting scrub at the time of the 1931 earthquake. He rode into Napier in time to witness the fires spreading and uplift of the Ahuriri Lagoon. When the inner harbour was uplifted, these horse mussels were left high and dry. Listen to Gordon Amner recalling the event.

Sound file: Gordon Amner, interview by Helen McConnochie for ‘Reflecting on disaster: memories of the Napier earthquake’, 1997–98 (2’02”–3’11”)

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MTG Hawke's Bay, Hawke's Bay Museums Trust/Ruawharo Ta-u-rangi collection
Reference: 950

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - Rebuilding Napier', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/speech/4713/uplift-of-the-foreshore (accessed 26 February 2020)

He kōrero nā Eileen McSaveney, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2011, updated 1 Nov 2017