History trip to Akaroa

by Remington Evans

This month, the Year 13 history class from Darfield High School had the privilege of going to Akaroa for the day to learn about the history of Ngai Tahu and Ngati Toa.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by one of the Akaroa Area School students and had a lovely morning tea. 

Afterwards, we went to Red House Bay/Takapuneke and learnt about the history of the Elizabeth incident and how the trading went, and we saw evidence of a hangi that took place in the 1800s. We went on a walk afterwards to the Britomart Memorial and learnt about the history that took place and the moment that the South Island became a British colony. This was followed by a trip to the Akaroa Museum, where we watched a mini-documentary about how Akaroa was established.

Lunch was provided by the Akaroa students and was absolutely delicious, complete with fresh crayfish and paua plucked from Akaroa Harbour.

This was followed by our trip to the Onawe Peninsula. Here we learnt how Te Rauparaha travelled down from the North Island and brought 70 waka to the peninsula, where he killed Ngai Tahu people. Some reports estimate around 600 Ngai Tahu died.