Hei koha tu, hei kura huna a papa: a resource characterisation and ancestry of minerals for Ngati Hako

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Simpson, M.P.; Clarkin, P.; Christie, A.B.; Bradshaw, D. 2019 Hei koha tū, hei kura huna a papa: a resource characterisation and ancestry of minerals for Ngāti Hako. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2019/53. 117 p.; doi: 10.21420/ZS70-3P52

Abstract:

Mineral resources have long provided Māori with trading opportunities and growth through innovative developments with those from the Hauraki rohe used and traded by Ngāti Hako; the earliest inhabitants of Hauraki. Basalt from Tahanga was fashioned into adzes and obsidian from Tūhua (Mayor Island) was used as cutting tools; the latter traded throughout New Zealand. Other rocks and minerals from the Hauraki rohe have since become of economic significance (e.g. gold and silver) or are essential for infrastructure (e.g. rock aggregates). Developing knowledge and understanding of mineral resources by iwi will ensure they are at the forefront of potential mineral developments. Ngāti Hako and GNS Science have worked together to integrate scientific data and Mātauranga-a-iwi to better understand and connect its people with the geology and mineral resources within the Hauraki rohe. (auth)