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This photo, sourced from Yesterdays in Golden Buller (1957) by Ella Matthews, was taken at a Pā near Westport about 1880. After 1870, the Māori population of the Kawatiri was estimated at about 50, with the majority living at the Pā on the east bank of the Kawatiri River. The Mahuika family were prominent residents and had large vegetable gardens with produce being sold in Westport. Huge catches of whitebait were made in the spring and there were frequent visits to Tauranga Bay for fishing and mussels. In the early 1900s the Pā was abandoned and the families mostly moved to Westport.
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