Endeavour’s Arrival

Following his landfall on the east coast of New Zealand on October 6 1769, James Cook and his crew on the Endeavour tragically misunderstood the reception they received at the start from local Maori at Tairawhiti (Gisborne), and then further south in Hawke Bay.

The misgivings they  may have had after those first fatal encounters would have been somewhat alleviated by friendlier interaction with Maori in the course of subsequent stopovers at Anaura and Uawa (Tolaga Bay) during their journey north to the East Cape.

After rounding the cape in late October and heading west along the Bay of Plenty coast…


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