• Angela Middleton
Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA)

Te Puna Mission Station

New Zealand's two main islands lie in the Pacific Ocean, forming the largest and southernmost landmass in the Polynesian triangle that extends to Hawaii in the north and Easter Island in the southeast. Known as Aotearoa by its Polynesian settlers, the ancestors of the Maori, who arrived in the thirteenth century, New Zealand formed the final outreach of Polynesian settlement into the Pacific (Higham and Jones 2005; Horrocks et al. 2007). Aotearoa/New Zealand was also the last outpost of the European expansion that followed some 500 years later. New Zealand was “rediscovered” by Captain James Cook in 1769, and from the 1790s became the focus of intense but ephemeral commercial exploitation for sealskins, whale oil, and timber. Most of this was conducted from or via New South Wales, Australia, some 1,500km across the Tasman Sea, where the British convict settlement was established in 1788. The first missionaries to New Zealand followed firmly on the heels of...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angela Middleton
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  1. 1.University of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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