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Ngā Tohuwhenua Mai Te Rangi: A New Zealand Archeology in Aerial Photographs


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This book could not have been prepared or published without the assistance of the Science Research Committee of the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board. For permission to apply to the Board, and the opportunity to write this book in part in the course of my duties for the Department of Conservation, I thank Dr Richard Sadleir, Director of Science and Research, and Dr Aidan Challis. This is a work of individual scholarship and the views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Department of Conservation.

For comments on parts of the text, I have to acknowledge the contributions of Tony Walton, Dr Bruce McFadgen, Brian Sheppard, Joan Maingay, Te Aniwa Hona, Dr Neville Ritchie, Dr Chris Pugsley, Chris Robertson and Ann Williams. For reading the whole of the manuscript at various stages, I thank Dr Nigel Prickett, Dr Malcolm McKinnon, Dr Aidan Challis, Eruera Manuera, Dr Foss Leach, Ian McKenzie, Associate Professor Doug Sutton, Dr Simon Cauchi, Te Aue Davis, Associate Professor Judith Binney and Dr Jock Phillips (and other staff, Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs). Parts of the manuscript were typed by June Bullock, Ingrid Palmer, Nesta Black and Joanne Horner.

Pātere in chapters 10 and 12 are reproduced by kind permission of the Polynesian Society, and in chapter 7 courtesy of the Ministry for the Environment and Mrs Jane Marsden. Photographs are individually acknowledged at the end of the book, but I should mention here the willing support of Alastair Buist. Without his and Nigel Prickett's aerial photographs of Taranaki, and those of New Zealand Aerial Mapping, Ltd, in Hawke's Bay, the concept of this book would not have arisen. An important contribution has been made by the Department of Survey and Land Information, Air Logistics (White's Aviation), Airmaps New Zealand and Lloyd Homer of the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences.

I thank Val Edgecombe and Moreen Macaulay of The Map Shop, Department of Survey and Land Information, for patiently answering requests for vertical aerial photograph files. John Coster, Lynda Bowers, Susan Bulmer, Ray Hooker and Tony Walton assisted with the scanning of existing photographic sources; Tony Walton is especially acknowledged for extended discussions on interpreting photographs. Chris Edkins drafted the maps and interpretative drawings, for which I am most grateful.

I also acknowledge the assistance of the following pilots: John Dale, Air North Shore; Denis Tindall, Wellington Aero Club; Alan McFarlane, Annabelle Cochrane and Brian O'Hagen, Kapiti Districts Aero Club; Peter Caley, Auckland Aero Club; Charlie Janes of the Department of Conservation, Hawke's Bay; and Mike Hockey, also of the Department, Gisborne. Most of the photographic printing of black and white oblique photographs is by DAC Group, Ltd, Wellington.