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Ngā tuhinga a te Kāwanatanga - Ngā Āpitihanga ki ngā Hautaka Government documents - Appendices to the Journals

This page aims to compile a bibliography of useful government documents and journal articles relating to Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

Government documents

Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives

The Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHR), sometimes known as "the A to Js", are a collection of government-related reports published every year from 1858. The reports cover many subjects, documenting the work of government departments and a wide range of other actions carried out by, or of interest to, the government of the day.

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Wellington Provincial Gazette

Gazettes are official publications for the purpose of notifying the actions and decisions of government. The following are gazettes to do with the government of Wellington as a province (in this form, between 1852 and 1876). You can find more information about this period below.

The 1840 Royal Charter which created the separate colony of New Zealand, named the three main islands New Ulster, New Munster and New Leinster. These names had only geographical significance until 1846, when a further Charter divided the colony into two provinces: New Ulster (north of the North Island) and New Munster (south of the North Island, along with all of the South Island and Stewart Island). The two provinces each had a governor and a legislative and executive council, which were additional to the central government. New Ulster and New Munster were abolished in 1852 and replaced with six provinces (Auckland, New Plymouth – later renamed Taranaki, Wellington, Nelson, Canterbury and Otago). Each had an elected superintendent and provincial council, responsible for local government of its region. The provinces of Hawke's Bay, Marlborough, Southland and Westland were created later. The 14 provinces of Otago and Southland reunited in 1870. Provincial government was abolished in 1876.

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Title Author Year Reference
Ki nga tangata o te kotinga ki Poneke (outbreak of war in Taranaki) 1860 No. 7
Interview between Hon. Mr Fox and Wi Tako Ngatata 1864 No. 11

Journal articles

Journal of the Polynesian Society

The Polynesian Society is a non-profit organization based at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Founded in 1892, the Society’s aim was the scholarly study of past and present New Zealand Māori and other Pacific Island peoples and cultures. It has pursued this aim primarily through the Journal of the Polynesian Society, a quarterly publication begun at the Society’s inception and enduring to the present.

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Title Author Year Reference
The occupation of the Chatham Islands by the Maoris in 1835 Shand, Alexander 1892 Vol. 1, p. 83, 154, 202
The occupation of the Chatham Islands continued Shand, Alexander 1893 Vol. 2, p 74
The wars of Kai-Tahu with Kati-Toa Te Kaahu, Taare Wetere 1901 Vol. 10, p. 89-100,
Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Best, Elsdon 1901 Vol. 10, p. 107-165
History and traditions of the Taranaki coast Smith, Percy 1909 Vol. 18, p. 1-171
Incidents in the history of Horehore Pa, Te Takapau, Hawkes Bay District Tuhua, Tanguru 1906 Vol. 15, p. 61-93.
The land of Tara series, Part I Best, Elsdon 1917 Vol. 26, p 143
The land of Tara series, Parts II-V Best, Elsdon 1918 Vol. 27, p. 1, 49, 99, 165
The land of Tara series, Parts VI-VIII Best, Elsdon 1919 Vol. 28, p. 1, 79, 123
Hau and Wairaka : the adventures of Kupe and his relations Best, Elsdon 1927 Vol. 36, p. 260-282
Rangitatau Pa Christie, H. 1943 Vol. 52, p. 202-3
Supplementary data relating to the ancient Waitaha in the Horowhenua-Te Whanganui-a-Tara area Adkin, G. Leslie 1950 Vol. 59, p. 1-34
Notes on the Maori sites in eastern Wellington harbour Palmer, J. B. 1965 Vol. 65, p. 342-55

Transactions of the New Zealand Institute

The Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand is one of New Zealand's most important research publications, particularly for science.

The Royal Society (known as the New Zealand Institute before 1933) was established in 1867 to co-ordinate and assist the activities of a number of regional research societies including the Auckland Institute, the Wellington Philosophical Society and the Otago Institute.

The Transactions contain the papers read before the member societies and the Proceedings record the business of the Royal Society and its affiliates.

Browse the Transactions of the Royal Society online

Title Author Year Reference
Miramar Island and its History: How Motu-kairangi was discovered and settled by Polynesians, and how, in Times long past, it became Miramar Peninsula Best, Elsdon 1923 Vol. 54, p. 779-781
Notes on Miramar Peninsula, Wellington Harbour Crawford, J. C. 1872 Vol. 5, p. 396-400
Life of Ngati Kahungungu chief Nuku Pewapewa Downes, T. W. 1912 Vol. 46, p. 364-375
Notes on Port Nicholson and the natives in 1839 Heaphy, C. 1879 Vol. 12, p. 32
Further notes on Maori skeletons and relics brought to light at Karaka Bay, Wellington McLeod, H. 1899 Vol. 32, p. 271
The site of Maupuia Pa, Miramar McLeod, H. 1904 Vol. 37, p. 171

Bulletin of the Wellington Archaeological Society

Access The Bulletin of the Wellington Archaeological Society at the National Library

Title Author Year Reference
End of the pre-history in the Wellington area 1967 Vol. 1, no. 10
Excavation at Makara McFadgen, B. G. 1967 Vol. 1, no. 10

New Zealand Archaeological Association Newsletter

New Zealand Archaeological Association Newsletter online

Title Author Year Reference
Moa remains from the Wellington district Yaldwin, J.C. 1958 Vol. 2, no. 4, p. 20-25
Report of archaeological fieldwork Wellington Daniels, J.R.S. 1960 Vol. 3, no. 4
Whitireia Peninsula, Porirua Daniels, J.R.S. 1961 Vol. 4, no. 4, p. 181-185
Interim report – Makara Beach Welington excavation Davis, Susan 1962 Vol. 5, no. 3, p. 145-150
Excavations at Warehou Pa, 1962 O'Rourke, M. 1962 Vol. 5, no. 3, p. 150-156
Some notes on the western Wellington Cook Strait coast 1888-1913 Beckett, Peter 1963 Vol. 6, no. 3, p. 135-139
Maori occupation of the Pencarrow Survey District as recorded on early survey records McFadgen, B. G. 1963 Vol. 6, no. 3, p. 118-135
Maori sites in Fitzroy Bay Palmer, J. B. 1963 Vol. 6, no. 3, p. 125-134
Site types and their distribution in the Wellington area Daniels, J.R.S. 1965 Vol. 8, no. 3, p. 94-103
Dendroglyphs from Lake Kohanga-piripiri, eastern Wellington Keyes, I. W. 1968 Vol. 11, no. 3, p. 103-110
Maori utilisation of drifted limestone from the south Wellington coastline Keyes, I. W. 1969 Vol. 12, no. 2, p. 103-107
Survey and excavations at Te lka-a-Maru Bay, Wellington, 1962-63 Davidson, Janet 1976 Vol. 19, no. 1, p. 4-26

Journal of Early Settlers and Historical Association of Wellington

The Early Settlers and Historical Association of Wellington was formally incorporated in June 1912 but its genesis dates back to 1890. You can find full page, searchable scans of early journal issues on our Recollect website.

Journal of Early Settlers and Historical Association of Wellington

Title Author Year Reference
Early whale ship at Port Nicholson Best, Elsdon 1913 Vol. 1, no. 2, p. 61
New Zealand Land Company's first purchase 1913 Vol. 1, no. 2, p. 58
Pre-Pakeha occupation of Wellington district McLeod, H. N. 1913 Vol. 1, no. 3, p. 114
First settlement at Port Nicholson Petre, H. W. 1912-1914 Vol. 1, no. 4, p. 186

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