Tasman named Moordenaers Baij (Murderers Bay) after an incident of bloodshed there. The name was later changed to Golden Bay, associating the place with the discovery of gold in 1857 rather than its bloody past. A memorial to Abel Tasman stands on a headland not far from the anchorage where Europeans and Māori first met.
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