Uawa River 1919 - Collection of H IrvingTolaga Bay History

Uawa River 1919 Collection of H.Irving

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Welcome to my homepage which features some of the fascinating history of Tolaga Bay on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island

Known as Uawa to the local iwi, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, the district is one of long human occupation. Te Aitanga a Hauiti maintain strong oral history and vibrant local culture, building on the traditions of the 16th century whare wananga, Te Rawheoro, established the great tohunga Hingangaroa.

At Opoutama (now known as Cook's Cove) Capt James Cook made his first positives contacts with East Coast Maori in October 1769, assisted greatly by the Tahitian tohunga,artist and interpreter, Tupaia.

This website presents some of the historical research I am undertaking at present, and contains links to a range of other websites of interest to those who are passionate about the history and culture of the Tolaga Bay district. There are also databases that I have collated from a range of sources that I offer to help other people with their historical research.

Please do not copy material to other websites from these pages – but feel free to link. A site search engine is included below - so you can look for specific names or places on this website

© Stephen Donald


My history pages


Early East Coast & Poverty Bay electors 1873-1893

East Coast Publicans Licences 1868-1876

Europeans in occupation of Native Land on the East Coast in1863

Missionary census of East Coast tribes taken 1846

Ratepayers in the Turanganui Highway Board District 1876

Sheep Returns for the East Coast District, June 1876

Tolaga Bay Saleyards Company shareholders 1905-1935 (link to my material on external site)

Tolaga Bay Public Cemetery listing (to Sept 1983)


Research, articles, papers and pamphlets

Tolaga Bay area hotels 1880-1900

Short history of the Anglican Church at Tolaga Bay (pdf file)

Tologa Cooperative Dairy Company 1912-1959 extracted from appendix to Many Roads from Hauiti by Sam (G.L.A.) Donald (pdf file)

Wigan Settlement at Takapau – research in progress on the farming area west of Tolaga Bay (pdf file)

Historic Tolaga Bay – an overview of Uawa history (A3 pdf file – designed as a folded pamphlet so will need to be rotated to read some of the text)

Tolaga Bay information pamphlet for Summer 2006-07 up to date information for tourists and visitors (pdf file)


Links to sites of interest

The Uawanui Festival  - an expo that promotes and celebrates the cultural, social and economic achievements and potential of Uawa and Te Aitanga a Hauiti. Associated with the Uawanui Festival is Ru Uawa, an R18 New Years Eve Concert promoting Kaupapa and Te Reo Maori through music at Tolaga Bay.

HAERE MAI KI UAWA - WELCOME TO UAWA – historical notes on the Tourism Eastland website

Gisborne Herald – the daily newspaper for the Tairawhiti area since 1874. Poverty Bay Herald, the forerunner of Gisborne Herald, is online 1880-1900 at PapersPast, the National Library of New Zealand digital historic newspaper collection

H.B. Williams Memorial Library – Gisborne’s excellent public library

Hawke's Bay, East Coast & Wairarapa GENWEB PROJECT has lots of records and a newspaper index, including some records I have contributed relating to the East Coast area

Hawkes Bay-Poverty Bay-New Zealand – a site to compliment the Rootsweb mailing list HB-PB-NZ – contains some transcribed records and research interests

Maori Land Information Base– provides location of Maori land blocks, courtesy of Te Puni Kokiri – Ministry of Maori Development

Maori Land Online – Maori Land Court database, searchable by current owner, trusteeship and block name

Nuipepa – New Zealand Digital Library searchable Maori newspapers online, provided by University of Waikato

Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne – keeper of taonga for the East Coast area

Te Ao Hou - search and browse all 76 issues of the magazine Te Ao Hou The New World, which was published from 1952 to 1976 by the Maori Affairs Department.

Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1868-1961 is one of New Zealand's most important research publications, particularly for science and ethnology. The first 60 volumes representing the years 1868-1930 are currently available online through the National Library.

TimeFrames – National Library image collection – has lots of East Coast photos, including those by F.A. Hargreaves of Tolaga Bay. Has recently been updated with new images and is more user-friendly.

Wigan Horse Sale - with some history of the Takapau district, inland from Tolaga Bay



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Pages last updated 10 November 2006