Living Between Land and Sea

The bays of Whakaraupō Lyttelton Harbour

Jane Robertson

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Rich and detailed stories of lives dominated by the sea

This superbly illustrated history of the people who settled in the many bays of Whakaraupō Lyttelton Harbour is full of finely observed insights into the challenges of living in small, remote communities.

Acknowledging the rich history of Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke and their guardianship of this place, the book describes the early history of Māori in the region, as it takes a geographical sweep around the harbour from the signal station at Te Piaka Adderley Head to the lighthouse at Awaroa Godley Head. In between, the stories of the bays and islands of this picturesque and historic harbour are described with fascinating details of early and contemporary life including maritime history and dramatic rescues, farming and trade, wartime experiences and quarantine stations, tourism and recreation.

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  • CATEGORY: History
  • ISBN: 9781991016539
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 12/10/2023
  • PAGE EXTENT: 392
  • FORMAT: Hard cover
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Jane Robertson is a local historian who has lived in Ōtoromiro Governors Bay, at the head of Whakaraupō Lyttelton Harbour, for 20 years.