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

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).

Sir Robertson StewartChristchurch people

Sir Robertson Stewart was one of New Zealand’s foremost industrialists and exporters. Find about him and other Christchurch high achievers from all fields of endeavour in our A to Z of local people.