Sir Arthur Dudley Dobson – Wild, Craggy, and Desolate

“It would be difficult to imagine a greater contrast than that which exists between the level grass levels plains in the east of the Canterbury Province, and the rugged forest-covered country of the west.  Tasman, in 1642, described the west coast of New Zealand as a ‘great land uplifted high,’ reminding him of the ‘Island …

Nova Zeelandia Ahoy!

This could easily be the first ‘impression’ map of New Zealand – Nova Zeelandia – as drawn by Abel Janszoon Tasman in 1642. As he only saw the west coast of New Zealand at best, this was the result. He also confused the strait for a bight…this map is quite something.

Millbrook Reserve

In 1992 in the Millbrook Reserve on Carlton Mill Road, the 350th anniversary of the Dutch explorer and first European in New Zealand waters, Abel Janszoon Tasman’s arrival at the west coast of New Zealand was acknowledged.He named his discovery ‘Staten Landt’, believing that the land was attached to South America! The plaque is a …

The Treaty Of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi in uber size at the Beehive in Wellington. It was a very cool thing to see up close but most of us really don’t know about the events before this historical document came into being. Figured I would start from the beginning: * 1000 – 1200 AD: Kupe, a great Polynesian …

350th Anniversary of Abel Tasman Arrival Acknowledged – 1992

In 1992, in the Millbrook Reserve on Carlton Mill Road, the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the Dutch explorer (and first European in New Zealand waters), Abel Janszoon Tasman was acknowledged. His first view of New Zealand was its west coast. He named his discovery ‘Staten Landt’, believing that the land was attached to …