For centuries Matiatia Bay has been the landing place for travellers in the Hauraki Gulf – from Māori waka to ocean-going yachts and commuter ferries. Now this beautiful heritage site on Waiheke Island finds itself at a crossroads, as pressure builds for commercial development. Urban planners, Waiheke residents, the Auckland City Council, shipping businesses and other local industry all have a keen interest in what happens next at Matiatia.

Waiheke historian Paul Monin tells the story of the bay from occupation at the time of the first Māori settlement of Aotearoa to the present day – a microcosm of New Zealand’s history. Charmingly written, Matiatia: Gateway to Waiheke explores the area’s archaeology, politics, ecology and society, illustrated with a rich selection of photographs and maps.