Meola Reef Te Tokoroa Auckland’s longest lava flow (11km) from Te Kōpuke / Mt St. John volcano since 28,500-years covers 14 hectares with its two kilometer long tidal tongue basalt reef in the Waitematā Harbour Year 7+, age 10+ Maori history of Meola Reef Te Tokoroa A small 1840’s Māori settlement between what is now Johnstone and Oliver Roads…
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Meola Reef Te Tokoroa
Auckland’s longest lava flow (11km) from Te Kōpuke / Mt St. John volcano since 28,500-years covers 14 hectares with its two kilometer long tidal tongue basalt reef in the Waitematā Harbour
Year 7+, age 10+
Maori history of Meola Reef Te Tokoroa
A small 1840’s Māori settlement between what is now Johnstone and Oliver Roads overlooked Meola Reef. In 1861 the first pioneers settled in the area between Meola and Oakley Creeks and the few remaining Māori residents abandoned the area rapidly, leaving their canoes on the beach.
Te Tokaroa was also used as a land bridge. It was recognised as a challenging stretch of water to navigate and was a valuable mahinga kai site - for fishing, flax gathering and shellfish collecting. A pinnacle rock referred to on maps as Boat Rock and visible at low tide off Kauri Point is reffered to as Te Matā, the Flint Stone. Tribal tradition tells Te Matā serving as a boundary mark for hapū fisheries and a tapu ceremonial site. Te Matā was also the repository of tribal mauri, an enduring landform which withstands the ebb and flow of the tides.
Colonial history of Meola Reef Te Tokoroa
Between 1859 – 1867 the area of land now known as Western Springs Park was converted into Auckland’s military rifle range.
The Auckland Harbour Board quarried this place from 1873.
Part of Meola Reef was gazetted in 1874 as a Lunatic Asylum Endowment Reserve and was leased to local farmers and used for quarrying.
The Dignan family in about 1902 sold their land at the northern tip of the Point Chevalier peninsula for use as an infectious diseases hospital.
The hospital never got used enough, so Auckland Council persuaded the Health Board to surrender this land in exchange for a part of the Domain, so we got Coyle Park!
In 1892 Councils began tipping rubbish and other controversial disposals including dead zoo animals and medical waste just off Jagger’s Bush but all ended in 1976.
Many other suggestions since 1953 for Meola Reef have included:
Livestock holding paddocks,
National road safety training park,
Sports playing fields,
Boat building yard and landing ramp,
Second harbour crossing bridge.
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This changes depending on what we do and where we go, but generic items are:
- Thermal bottom leggings,
- Thin merino shirt / thermal shirt x 2
- Fleece jumper x1
- Woolen jumper x1
- Wind and Rain-proof Jacket
- Warm beanie
- Neck warmer / scarf
- Warm gloves
- Closed-toe footwear
- Personal medication
- Water bottle,
- Head torch,
- Waterproof pack liner
- Backpack to put all of the above in
Because we are staying overnight, should you choose not to be accommodated and fed by us, here is what you will need:
- Sleeping bag
- Inflatable mattress
- Fuel / gas
- Lighter / matches
- Pot / frying pan
All of the above is available to rent / hire / buy
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