Recent archaeology in Kāpiti, Horowhenua and Manawatū revealed

Otaki archaeology

A number of recent archaeology investigations have taken place in Kāpiti, Horowhenua and Manawatū, including the New Zealand Transport Agency Roads of National Significance, the new Manawatū Bridge, Transpower re-conductoring and tower strengthening, and other developments such as subdivisions.

Well-known archaeology consultant, Kevin Jones, with support from fellow archaeologist, Mary O’Keeffe, are giving a public presentation on recent archaeology work in these districts and summarising current research on some of the earliest settlement of New Zealand, in the wider Cook Strait, and south-western North Island.

Kevin Jones is an archaeologist based in Wellington.  He has worked in most areas of New Zealand and has specialised in World Heritage in the Pacific region, aerial photograph interpretation and the practical conservation of archaeological sites.  He is the author of the Penguin Field Guide to New Zealand Archaeology (2007).

Kevin says the origin of settlement in the areas of his presentation is central East Polynesia (Tahiti region, Cook Islands) and the settlement was as late as about 1250AD. The sites in the Foxton dune lakes are an example of this earliest settlement although the richest evidence is on the north (Palliser Bay) and south (Wairau Bar) of the eastern approaches to Cook Strait.

The presentation will also review new results about pre-European settlement, horticulture and storage pits, eel channels, fishing, shellfish gathering and new radiocarbon ages.  Later in the pre-European period there were many migrations from the west down to the north and north-west of the South Island and from the eastern North Island to the South Island.

Kevin’s Ōtaki talk is also of value to secondary school students residing in the area.

Event Details


  • Thursday 8 October
  • 5.00 - 7.00pm

How much?

Entry is free


Ōtaki Memorial Hall
Main Street