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Nga Waahi Taonga o Te Whanganui a Tara: Māori Sites Inventory
Nga Waahi Taonga O Te Whanganui a Tara was first compiled in 1994 by the Wellington City Council to firstly provide a quick reference guide to Wellington's tribal heritage but also to allow a preliminary list of historic sites to be included in Wellington's first District Plan, the creation of which was required under the Resource Management Act of 1991.
Though a degree of oral tribal history was used, a lot of the information was drawn from the research of Elsdon Best from the late 19th and early 20th centuries as well as the work of George Leslie Adkin in the 1950s which further developed Best's earlier scholarship. It should be noted that Best's work has at times been criticised as being unreliable in certain areas and the authors have tried to correct this or to provide more appropriate explanation wherever possible.
The inventory was principally compiled by the Te Āti Awa scholars Peter Adds and Morris Love. Further assistance and content was provided by Tom Bennion, Neville Gilmore, Duncan Moore and David Young.
This digitisation draws together the second edition of the inventory (1995) with the planning maps indicating the sites. These maps were originally created for the Wellington District Scheme (the predecessor of the District Plan) and were issued as a separate volume. Note that in many cases site locations are indicative only. Due to the large size of the original maps, we suggest that these be 'zoomed-in' by either clicking on the magnifying glass icon and dragging it upward or by clicking on the "Zoom to 100%" icon above it and allowing the map to download.
Map 12 : South Coast & Rimurapa Precinct
Map 9 : Takapu
Map 8 : Western Harbour Shoreline
Map 7 : South-Western Harbour Shoreline
Map 6 : Northland, Kelburn & Te Aro
Map 1 : Pipitea Precinct / Thorndon
Map 2 : Te Aro
Map 3 : Te Aro, Newtown & Te Ranga a Hiwi Precinct / Mt Victoria
Map 4 : Tapu te Ranga - Haewai Precinct & Akatarawera Matairangi / Island Bay