Story: European discovery of New Zealand

Cook stamps (1st of 3)

Cook stamps

James Cook has appeared regularly on New Zealand stamps. The two-shilling stamp of the 1935 pictorial issue showed Cook being greeted by Māori on his first landing at Poverty Bay on 8 October 1769. This scene first appeared on one of the stamps issued to mark the Christchurch Exhibition in 1906.

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Reference: 1935 Pictorials stamp issue

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John Wilson, 'European discovery of New Zealand - Cook’s achievement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 May 2016