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Tongaporutu

Tongaporutu is a settlement in northern Taranaki, in the North Island of New Zealand. It is located on State Highway 3 at the mouth of the Tongaporutu River, 15 kilometres south of Mokau.Tongaporutu is well known in New Zealand for its 'Three Sisters' rock formations and its Maori petroglyphs carved into cave rock walls. However,both the Maori rock carvings and the 'Three Sisters formations are constantly being eroded by the Tasman sea.Further readingGeneral historical works***Business history* * in New Plymouth contains the letter book of the Waitara-based shipping agent, Lewis Clare (died 1960). This book records coastal shipping from and into small North Taranaki ports (including those mentioned in de Jardine's book) between 1910 and 1920. SeeChurchesAnglican*Geology* * Scale: 1: 63 360 * Scale: 1: 63 360 * Scale: 1: 63 360 * Scale: 1: 63 360 * Scale: 1: 63 360 *Maori* *Maps* Scale: 1: 39 600 * Scale: 1: 3 168 * Scale: 1: 50 000 NZMS 260 ; v Q18People*Genealogical information, a family Bible, and sketches of the Mohakatino and Tongaporutu Rivers are contained within the Messenger family collection held within in New Plymouth. William Messenger, his wife, Mary, and their adult children initially settled at Omata upon arriving in New Zealand in 1853. See Pat Greenfield Taranaki Daily News profile
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