Te Apiti Manawatu Gorge Te Au-rere-a-te-tonga is a celebration of the natural, physical and spiritual elements of one of New Zealand's special places.
The Manawatu Gorge lies between the Ruahine and Tararua Ranges of the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand, linking the Manawatu to its west with the Hawke's Bay region to its east. Through Te Apiti runs the Manawatu River. This book explores all dimensions of Te Apiti, from the way it formed naturally, to its occupants - past and present, and including non-human organisms and humans alike - to how it has been modified over time for the benefit of the people of the region and wider New Zealand.
Detailed maps, historic photographs and reproductions of documents as well as a host of contemporary images complement a rich text woven by the threads of more than 15 contributors. The journey of producing this book has been long and required huge commitment over the past seven years to get the book to the presses. During that time, much has been revealed and is now documented here in this beautiful publication and we can rest comfortably knowing that the information can be cherished by future generations. It is a true testament to all those who have played a role in its production.
Coinciding with the completion of this book, and arguably in perfect sequence, a major storm event in 2017 resulted in the permanent closure of the road in 2018, drawing an end to an era for transport through Te Apiti as we have known it for just over 100 years.