Some Hauraki chiefs, notably Tukukino Te Ahiātaewa of Ngāti Tamaterā, had asserted ownership of gold, but this issue was never resolved. Gold mining went into full swing following the death of Tukukino. This photograph of miners and shareholders of the Hauraki Gold Mining Company of Coromandel was taken in 1896, a highly successful year for the company. The facsimile gold bars in the centre represent the total amount of gold obtained between January 1895 and December 1896.
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