Te Kerikeri 1770–1850

Te Kerikeri 1770–1850

The Meeting Pool

Te Kerikeri is currently out of print.

Acting as a ‘meeting pool’ for Māori and Europeans in the early nineteenth century, the Kerikeri Basin is today one of the country’s major heritage sites.

An early site of missionary activity, it was a ‘middle ground’ where two cultures found new ways to live with each other. Although over time the land passed into European hands, enduring emblems of the past – buildings, archaeological sites and memories of wāhi tapu – remain, shared by both cultures.

This richly illustrated collection of essays tells a vivid story of a crucial place in New Zealand history.


Judith Binney
Garry Clayton
Manuka Henare
Patu Hohepa
Gavin McLean
Joan Maingay
Joyce Mason
Angela Middleton
Claudia Orange
Grant Phillipson
Jeremy Salmond
Andrew Sharp
Jeffrey Sissons

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Kororipo Pa: Its History and Archaeology
3 Potatoes and Muskets: Māori Gardening at Kerikeri
4 Samuel Marsden and the Founding of Kerikeri Mission
5 Hongi Hika
6 Religion and Land: the Church Missionary Society Station at Kerikeri, 1819–1850
7 The Kerikeri Kainga – ‘Kirikokai’?
8 The Strategic Significance of Kororipo
9 Kerikeri, Tapu, Wahi Tapu
10 The Mission House, Kerikeri: An Architectural Appreciation
11 The Kerikeri Stone Store: A Backwater White Elephant
12 Rewa – Man of War, Man of Peace
13 The Māori Leaders’ Assembly, Kororipo Pa, 1831
14 The Saving of Kerikeri: The Society for the Preservation of the Kerikeri Stone Store Area

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2018
Pages: 134
RRP: $34.99
ISBN: 9781877242380
ISTC: A022012000021323
DOI: 10.7810/9781877242380

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'The apparent straightforwardness of the book’s structure and the ease with which it can be read are deceptive. Te Kerikeri is densely packed with multiple layers of story and information that draw the reader back again and again, each reading adding ‘stitches’ that bind the place into the imagination.' Adrienne Puckey, New Zealand Journal of History, 2008