Jade River: A history of the MahurangiDr Ronald H Locker
First published 2001; second edition 2001; online 2014—
This online edition is a work in progress.
Page 111in printed edition
Mahurangi was one of the more fortunate of the Auckland settlements.
Only thirty nautical miles from the capitaluntil 1865, it was able to develop, in spite of the absence of roads. The traffic in the tideway was the lifeline of the settlers, from the earliest cutters to the end of the steamboat era in 1937. The resources of the Mahurangi gave rise to a vigorous community of sawyers and shipwrights, engaged in building ships from 1849 to 1880. Sons of Mahurangi families went to sea as crew on coasters.
Going about one’s business often meant rowing, and the distinctive Mahurangi punt became the workhorse of the shoreline settlers.