From Tamaki-Makau-Rau to Auckland

R. C. J. Stone

‘. . . an excellently researched, readable and ultimately definitive book.’ – David Verran, Sunday Star-Times


The isthmus between two harbours on which modern Auckland now stands and which Māori called Tāmaki-makau-rau was a virtual population void when Hobson bought it in 1840 from the resident owners as the site of his new capital. But it was reputed in former times to be the most densely settled region in Aotearoa. From Tamaki-makau-rau to Auckland explains that paradox.

It traces the history of the region from the beginnings of settlement about 800 years ago up to 1840. It uses parallel and often corrobative versions drawn from Māori oral traditions and Land Court records, and from the work of archaeologists and pre-historians.



R. C. J. Stone, the ‘historian of Auckland’, is the highly respected author of a two-volume life of John Logan Campbell, the ‘Father of Auckland’ and, among several other important books, the Auckland histories From Tamaki-makau-rau to Auckland (AUP, 2001) and Logan Campbell’s Auckland (AUP, 2007).


Winner of J. M. Sherrard Award in New Zealand Local and Regional History 2004.


December 2002, 240 x 174 mm, 350 pages, illustrations
Paperback, ISBN 9781869402594, $59.99