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The Waikato : a history of New Zealand's greatest river / Paul Moon.

By: Moon, Paul.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Pokeno [New Zealand] : Atuanui Press, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Description: 453 pages : illustrations (some colour), maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780994137616; 0994137613.Subject(s): Waikato River (N.Z.) -- History | Waikato River (N.Z.) -- Description and travel | Waikato River (N.Z.) -- Social conditionsDDC classification: 993.3
Contents:
Tongariro. A Māori theory of hydrology -- Early European discoveries -- Māori along the Tongariro river -- A river in the desert -- Turangi and Tokaanu -- Taupō. Apocalypse -- Naming the lake -- Twice doomed -- Pūkawa, on Taupō's South-West coast -- Taupō's East Coast -- Taupō -- Huka Falls to Lake Atiamuri. 'With echoing roar at our feet' -- 'The most beautiful sights' -- Aratiatia to Broadlands -- 'Not the least beautiful site in the district' -- Pohaturoa to Karapiro. Mt Pohaturoa -- Crossing the Waikato -- 'Newcomers' -- 'They attacked the problem vigorously' -- Mangatautiri to Piarere -- Karapiro -- Cambridge to Hamilton. Cambridge -- 'The metropolis of the Waikato' -- 'Perfectly sound' -- Horotiu to Huntly. 'Smooth clear whiteness' -- Ngāruawāhia -- Taupiri -- 'That great sweeping bend of river' -- Huntly -- 'Uncomfortably small' -- From river to sea. Rangiriri -- 'Absolutely undrainable' -- Tuākau -- To the sea -- The river's end -- Conclusion.
Summary: "From snow to surf, the Waikato is New Zealand's longest river. This fascinating account takes a historical journey along its 425 kilometre length, uncovering extraordinary reports of the people, places and events along its route. Starting from a desolate, icy volcanic plateau, historian Paul Moon traces the Waikato's path through dense native forest, undulating pastureland, dams, several towns, a city, and a swampy delta, until it exits into the Tasman Sea at Port Waikato. Along the way he uncovers settlements that have disappeared, sites scarred by wars, some of the world's most convulsive geological events, great tragedies, and the remarkable stories that have taken place along the river"--Back cover.
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From snow to surf, the Waikato is New Zealand's longest river. This fascinating account takes a historical journey along its 425 kilometre length, uncovering extraordinary reports of the people, places and events along its route. Starting from a desolate, icy volcanic plateau, historian Paul Moon traces the Waikato's path through dense native forest, undulating pastureland, dams, several towns, a city, and a swampy delta, until it exits into the Tasman Sea at Port Waikato. Along the way he uncovers settlements that have disappeared, sites scarred by wars, some of the world's most convulsive geological events, great tragedies, and the remarkable stories that have taken place along the river.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-445) and index.

Tongariro. A Māori theory of hydrology -- Early European discoveries -- Māori along the Tongariro river -- A river in the desert -- Turangi and Tokaanu -- Taupō. Apocalypse -- Naming the lake -- Twice doomed -- Pūkawa, on Taupō's South-West coast -- Taupō's East Coast -- Taupō -- Huka Falls to Lake Atiamuri. 'With echoing roar at our feet' -- 'The most beautiful sights' -- Aratiatia to Broadlands -- 'Not the least beautiful site in the district' -- Pohaturoa to Karapiro. Mt Pohaturoa -- Crossing the Waikato -- 'Newcomers' -- 'They attacked the problem vigorously' -- Mangatautiri to Piarere -- Karapiro -- Cambridge to Hamilton. Cambridge -- 'The metropolis of the Waikato' -- 'Perfectly sound' -- Horotiu to Huntly. 'Smooth clear whiteness' -- Ngāruawāhia -- Taupiri -- 'That great sweeping bend of river' -- Huntly -- 'Uncomfortably small' -- From river to sea. Rangiriri -- 'Absolutely undrainable' -- Tuākau -- To the sea -- The river's end -- Conclusion.

"From snow to surf, the Waikato is New Zealand's longest river. This fascinating account takes a historical journey along its 425 kilometre length, uncovering extraordinary reports of the people, places and events along its route. Starting from a desolate, icy volcanic plateau, historian Paul Moon traces the Waikato's path through dense native forest, undulating pastureland, dams, several towns, a city, and a swampy delta, until it exits into the Tasman Sea at Port Waikato. Along the way he uncovers settlements that have disappeared, sites scarred by wars, some of the world's most convulsive geological events, great tragedies, and the remarkable stories that have taken place along the river"--Back cover.