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Kororāreka Beach

Kororāreka Beach

Before 1840 the main areas of contact between Māori and Europeans were at opposite ends of the country. Sealers and whalers frequented the shores of Foveaux Strait, in the south. They also called in, for rest and recreation and for supplies, to the Bay of Islands in Northland. There, Kororāreka (now Russell) developed as New Zealand’s first, rough and ready, European town. In the foreground of this view of Kororāreka and its beach are the figures of a European and two Māori.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0015-06
Hand-coloured lithograph after a drawing by Augustus Earle

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John Wilson, 'History - Europeans to 1840', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Apr 2020