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Howell's Memorial

Howell's Memorial on Towack Street lies beside the mouth of the Aparima River, overlooking the site of the earliest European activity in this area. It was on this stretch of beach that English-born whaler John Howell(c1809-1874) and his whaling gang landed in 1835 to set up a whaling station. Howell and his men were welcomed by the local Iwi mutually sharing their knowledge, skills and work opportunities. In time intermarriage took place and today many families can proudly trace their Whakapapa and genealogy back to those earliest tribes and whaler settlers.
Dr Edward Shortland, Protector of Aborigines to the New Zealand Government records -
"The most westerly of the whaling stations, in 1843 and the last which we visited was Aparima(Jacob's River). This is a small bar harbour capable only of admitting vessels of some 20 to 30 tons. the huts of the residents were built on the southern slope of some well wooded hills, and being white washed, and having near them green enclosures of corn and potatoes, presented, while shone on by the morning sun, the most smiling and refreshing aspect imaginable. In my mind I at once pronounced it to be one of the loveliest spots in New Zealand".
The Memorial looks across to the site of the Aparima Native Kaika(village) and Urupa (cemetery) the resting place of Kati Mamoe and Ngai Tahu tupuna (ancestors) which is now protected by New Zealand law.
Following the sweep of Taramea Bay, a spectacular drive will reveal beautiful secluded bays and coastal views over the rugged and wild Foveaux Straight.



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