Kupe in the Hokianga - Roadside Stories by Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Hokianga Harbour was the departure point of legendary Māori navigator Kupe when he returned to his homeland of Hawaiki. Kupe is said to have left behind two taniwha (water spirits), which guided the safe landing of later Polynesian arrivals.

Matakohe kauri - Roadside Stories by Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Northland was once covered in magnificent kauri forests - but almost all were logged after Europeans arrived in New Zealand. Felling the giant trees was dangerous work, and dams were built so the logs could be floated down rivers. Today a museum at Matakohe showcases the history of kauri forests and their exploitation.

Ventnor Project

A project documenting the history and memorialisation of the SS Ventnor, which sank in 1902 with the loss of 13 people and the remains of around 500 Chinese men whose bodies were being returned from New Zealand to China for burial. In 2007 members of the early settler Chinese community were told the history of the Ventnor sinking from the Hokianga point of view. They were told that for some time after the sinking in 1902, remains had washed ashore and locals had carefully gathered them up. Some sets of remains were collected by Te Roroa and Te Rarawa, who buried them in their own ancestral burial grounds. A meeting with iwi representatives confirmed this was the case, and that knowledge of the remains and responsibility for care had been passed down from generation to generation to this present day.

Heritage Trail Apps, by Heritage New Zealand

Heritage Trails - your gateway to some unforgettable heritage experiences through a series of free, interactive tours for smart phones and tablets. Experience history right where it happened, and listen to extraordinary stories of amazing people and places. There are three apps:

  • Path to Nationhood, Northland

  • The Waikato War 1863-64

  • High Street Stories (High Street Christchurch, before the earthquakes of 2010/11).

Northern Wetlands - restoring a culturally significant dune lake ecosystem

Lake Ngatu is part of a system of dune lakes and a popular reserve in Kaitaia. Since 1980, The Bushland Trust has worked with other members of the community to re-vegetate the area surrounding the lake in native plants and grasses. Lake Ngatu is a taonga enjoyed by everyone, and is an excellent example of how a community can get involved in wetland conservation.

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