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Jade River: A History of the Mahurangi

Ronald H Locker
First published 2001. Published online 2014–. This online edition is a work in progress…


Laying keel of online history of the Mahurangi

Jade River: A History of the Mahurangi cover

photograph Mahurangi Regatta 1901 Henry Winkelmann Auckland Museum
linocut Mahurangi River Valerie Pendred
design David Livingtston caps Digital Colour
concept Cimino Cole

Robert Thexton, descendant of Mahurangi shipwrights, spent his childhood holidays at the beach at Scotts Landing. In common with many Aucklanders, the Mahurangi Harbour is Rob Thexton’s favourite place. When buying a copy of Jade River: A History of the Mahurangi, he made an offer along the familiar but ever-welcome lines:

I don’t know what I can do, but I like what you are doing for the Mahurangi, so if there is anything I can do to help…

No doubt Rob would have been told that it was thanks to the support of the membership, and to the particular generosity of a few, Mahurangi Actionestablished 1974 as Friends of the Mahurangi was able to publish Dr Ronald H Locker’s masterful history of the Mahurangi.

When hit up for a CharterLinkRobert has since sold the business display advertisement for the single edition glossy magazine that led to this online one, rather than promote his yacht and launch charter business, Rob Thexton went one better by electing to promote Jade River: A History of the Mahurangi.

Rob’s next contribution was to offer to help build the predecessor of this website—the Mahurangi has very good friends indeed.