Motukorea/Browns Island has a long history of Polynesian occupation, with Ngati Tama Te Ra as iwi. For at least six centuries the island was a base for Māori gardening and fishing. Subsequent activity includes farming from 1840 and a destination for picnic excursions, both continuing to the present day.
The archaeological landscape of the island is outstanding because of its completeness and intactness. The island has a wide range of site types including some that are rare in the Auckland region: archaic middens, fish traps and stone structures. Archaeological sites play a key role in preserving a record of the past, comparable in value to museums and archives.
One of eight Heritage Assessment reports by Andy Dodd of historic heritage sites in the Auckland region. Each report includes descriptions of the history and heritage fabric; significance assessments; management history and recommendations; information sources and references; a map and definitive photographs, and a history chronology.
Author: Andy Dodd, Department of Conservation, Auckland Conservancy
ISBN: 978-0-478-14303-4 (web PDF)