Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand

People have been part of the North Shore landscape for centuries. Migrations from eastern Polynesia brought ancestral Polynesians to Aotearoa probably around the 1200s. Oral history tells of the Tainui canoe first landing at Te Hau Kapua (Torpedo Bay) where the Tohunga Taikehu climbed Takapuna Hill (North Head) to survey the surrounding area before leaving for the south. At this time the North Shore landscape was mostly covered with a mixed podocarp-broadleaf forest dominated by kauri (agathisaustralis), and somewhat altered by volcanic activity.

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