Story: Māori–Pākehā relations

Trading and fishing, Kororāreka

Trading and fishing, Kororāreka

This 1835 painting shows two groups of French sailors hauling in fishing lines on the beach at Kororāreka (later Russell) in the Bay of Islands. Some Māori are helping with the fishing, while a larger group of Māori women are talking to other sailors in the foreground. During the visit of the French ship La Favorite in 1831, its captain, Cyrille-Pierre Laplace, wrote that locals had tried hard to acquire powder, shot and biscuits, while the young women had distracted his men from fishing by running in front of them.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-098-005
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Mark Derby, 'Māori–Pākehā relations - Whaling stations – first contact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011