In 1863 Hūria Mātenga became a national heroine after she swam into treacherous seas to save those on board the Delaware, wrecked off the coast of Nelson. All the crew were rescued, and Hūria and her four Māori companions were rewarded by the government. Nearby Cable Bay is where New Zealand’s first telegraph cable came ashore.
Listen to a Roadside Story about Hūria Mātenga. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.
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