Tolaga Bay History
Uawa River 1919 Collection of H.Irving
Known as Uawa to the local iwi, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, the district is one of long human occupation. Te Aitanga a Hauiti maintain strong oral history and vibrant local culture, building on the traditions of the 16th century whare wananga, Te Rawheoro, established the great tohunga Hingangaroa.
At Opoutama (now known as Cook's Cove) Capt James Cook made his first positives contacts with East Coast Maori in October 1769, assisted greatly by the Tahitian tohunga,artist and interpreter, Tupaia.
This website presents some of the historical research I am undertaking at present, and contains links to a range of other websites of interest to those who are passionate about the history and culture of the Tolaga Bay district. There are also databases that I have collated from a range of sources that I offer to help other people with their historical research.
Please do not copy material to other websites from these pages but feel free to link. A site search engine is included below - so you can look for specific names or places on this website
© Stephen Donald
Wigan Settlement at Takapau research in progress on the farming area west of Tolaga Bay (pdf file)
Historic Tolaga Bay an overview of Uawa history (A3 pdf file designed as a folded pamphlet so will need to be rotated to read some of the text)
Tolaga Bay information pamphlet for Summer 2006-07 up to date information for tourists and visitors (pdf file)
The Uawanui Festival - an expo that promotes and celebrates the cultural, social and economic achievements and potential of Uawa and Te Aitanga a Hauiti. Associated with the Uawanui Festival is Ru Uawa, an R18 New Years Eve Concert promoting Kaupapa and Te Reo Maori through music at Tolaga Bay.
HAERE MAI KI UAWA - WELCOME TO UAWA historical notes on the Tourism Eastland website
Gisborne Herald the daily newspaper for the Tairawhiti area since 1874. Poverty Bay Herald, the forerunner of Gisborne Herald, is online 1880-1900 at PapersPast, the National Library of New Zealand digital historic newspaper collection
H.B. Williams Memorial Library Gisbornes excellent public library
Hawke's Bay, East Coast & Wairarapa GENWEB PROJECT has lots of records and a newspaper index, including some records I have contributed relating to the East Coast area
Maori Land Information Base provides location of Maori land blocks, courtesy of Te Puni Kokiri Ministry of Maori Development
Maori Land Online Maori Land Court database, searchable by current owner, trusteeship and block name
Nuipepa New Zealand Digital Library searchable Maori newspapers online, provided by University of Waikato
Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne keeper of taonga for the East Coast area
TimeFrames National Library image collection has lots of East Coast photos, including those by F.A. Hargreaves of Tolaga Bay. Has recently been updated with new images and is more user-friendly.
Wigan Horse Sale - with some history of the Takapau district, inland from Tolaga Bay
CONTACT Stephen Donald.
Pages last updated 10 November 2006