Christchurch’s history, its people and places — plus help to discover your own heritage and family history.

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WW100 is a programme to mark the First World War centenary from 2014 to 2018. Explore World War 1 content as well as events and activities in Christchurch and Canterbury. 100chch on Twitter takes you back to what was happening 100 years ago today.

Map by Charles HeaphyKemp’s Purchase

Governor Grey sent land commissioner Henry Kemp to the South Island in 1848 to buy land for the new settlement. Sixteen Ngāi Tahu chiefs signed Kemp’s Deed in Akaroa on 12 June 1848, keeping land for settlements and reserves, including those places where they gathered food (mahinga kai).