The first encounter between Māori and Europeans took place in December 1642 at what is now called Golden Bay. Tasman named it Murderers Bay after a violent encounter with Māori. As Māori approached the Dutch ships in canoes, one canoe rammed a ship’s boat that was passing between Tasman’s two vessels, killing four Dutchmen. One Māori was hit by a shot from Tasman's men in response to the attack. The event was sketched by Isaac Gilsemans, who sailed with Tasman.
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