Te Au Mārie Charitable Trust
Celebrating Polynesian voyages of discovery
Commemorating the first meetings between Māori and Pākehā
Ipipiri Bay of Islands, 29 November 1769
I have named it the Bay of Islands
Lieutentant James Cook
29 November 1769
In November 1769, the Endeavour reached the Bay of Islands, having turned back from the Cavalli Islands due bad weather. Once they were anchored between Motuarohia and Orakawa Peninsula, approximately thirty seven large and small canoes carrying 300-400 people crowded around the ship.
On board the Endeavour was not just Cook, the various Scientists and his crew, but also the Polynesian tohunga, a high priest navigator called Tupaia. This was the first time that European cartography and Polynesian navigational skills had come together, the first time that the two worlds met.
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