Story: Wairarapa region

‘Kupe’s Sail Rock, Palliser Bay’

‘Kupe’s Sail Rock, Palliser Bay’

The New Zealand Company’s chief surveyor, William Mein Smith, made this painting of the dramatic triangular rock face east of Ngāwī, on the coast of Palliser Bay, around 1850. Itis named Ngā-Rā-o-Kupe (Kupe's Sails) after the early Polynesian explorer.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-011-f-004
Watercolour by William Mein Smith

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Ben Schrader, 'Wairarapa region - Māori settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, updated 1 Mar 2017