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‘A view of the Murderers’ Bay’

‘A view of the Murderers’ Bay’

In 1642 Abel Tasman and his two ships, the Heemskerck and the Zeehaen, arrived in Golden Bay. This first encounter between Europeans and Māori did not go well, as a misunderstanding saw the deaths of some of Tasman’s crew and some Māori. Later, the area became known as Murderers’ Bay.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Māori - The arrival of Europeans', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 October 2021)

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