Helen Beaglehole on Nine to Noon


Author Helen Beaglehole first visited the Marlborough Sounds in a small yacht after a very stormy Cook Strait crossing. She returned numerous times over the next 40 years, exploring and sailing the Sounds' intricate network of coves and dense bush.

When she learned little had been written about the history of the Sounds, she set out to change that, and the result is One Hundred Havens: The Settlement of the Marlborough Sounds

As she notes, it's the story of two people and two fates: Māori, who had their land "bought" by the Crown and were placed onto ever-shrinking reserves and the various waves of Pakeha settlers through the area.

She joins Kathryn to talk about what surprised her in her research into history of the Marlborough Sounds.

Listen on RNZ here.