Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Pākehā–Māori

Englishman Barnet Burns was the first Pākehā trader to settle in Hawke’s Bay, but he didn’t stay long. He opened his trading post on Māhia Peninsula in 1831, only to have it closed by his Sydney-based employer 11 months later. Burns returned to England in 1835, leaving behind his Ngāti Kahungunu wife Amotawa and their three children. He published a book about his life in New Zealand, which was reprinted several times. He went on lecture tours through England, displaying his Māori tattoos and clothing in front of paying crowds. Though he planned to return to New Zealand, he never did, and the circumstances of his later life and death are unknown.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - European contact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/23892/pakeha-maori (accessed 27 May 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 2 Jul 2015