It was not until 17 August 1853 that the area of Murihiku (which encompassed Southland), was purchased from the Maori.
From 1863-1879 a coach service from the town gave the inhabitants another source of communication with the outside world.
The hardest thing about speed dating is making it through the door; however, once you’ve had a drink and have met the other Speed Daters, you’ll be feeling more relaxed in no time.
The evening includes a free drink on arrival and delicious nibbles at the break.
With the intricate system of land ownership among the Maori, Captain Howell realised that he was not really the sole owner of those vast tracts of land which he believed were handed over to him at the time of his marriage to Kohi-Kohi. Mantell to negotiate with the southern Maori for the purchase of the area known as Murihiku.