18 December 1642
First Māori contact with Europeans
On 18 December 1642, Abel Tasman and his men anchored in Wharawharangi Bay, near Wainui Inlet to the north of what is now Abel Tasman National Park.
The local inhabitants, Ngāti Tūmatakōkiri, soon paddled out to inspect the ships more closely. The Māori challenged the intruders with ritual incantations and blasts of their shell trumpets. In response the Dutch decided to fire a cannon ...read more