Te Pokohiwi-o-Kupe: Aotearoa’s first settlement
An interview with Dr Peter Meihana (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa, Ngāi Tahu) by Isaac Snoswell
Wairau Bar is one of the earliest settlement sites in Aotearoa New Zealand. Seven hundred years ago, it was home to at least two hundred people, serving as a hub for trade, celebrations, ceremony, and community. This interview with Dr Peter Meihana explores who lived there, when they arrived, where they came from, what the settlement was used for, and how we know this.