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The isthmus among harbours on which sleek Auckland now stands and which Maori referred to as Tamaki-makau-rau used to be a digital inhabitants void whilst Hobson got it in 1840 from the resident proprietors because the website of his new capital. however it used to be reputed in former instances to be the main densely settled quarter in Aotearoa. This publication explains that paradox. It strains the historical past of the quarter from the beginnings of payment approximately 8 hundred years in the past as much as 1840. It makes use of parallel and sometimes corrobative models drawn from Maori oral traditions and Land courtroom documents, and from the paintings of archaeologists and pre-historians.

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