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Events In History


A frontier of chaos?

  • Page 6 – The Harriet affair

    Relations between Maori and Europeans in the early 19th century sometimes turned violent, but overall they were more stable than they are often portrayed as being.

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  • Page 6 - The Harriet affairThe rescue of Betty Guard and her two children from Ngāti Ruanui in the spring of 1834 involved the first use of British troops on New Zealand soil.


  • Guard, Elizabeth

    Betty Guard is believed to be the first European woman to settle in the South Island. In 1834 she was taken hostage by a group of Taranaki and Ngati Ruanui Māori before being rescued several months later by her husband Jacky and a detachment of 60 men from the 50th Regiment.

  • Hinerangi, Sophia

    Best known as ‘Guide Sophia’ she was the principal tourist guide of the famous Pink and White Terraces at Lake Rotomahana.

  • Main image: Guide Sophia

    Sophia Hinerangi, circa 1895. She wears a korowai.