Story: European discovery of New Zealand

Conflict at Murderers Bay

Conflict at Murderers Bay

The first encounter between Māori and Europeans took place in December 1642 at what is now called Golden Bay. Tasman named it Murderers Bay after a violent encounter with Māori. As Māori approached the Dutch ships in canoes, one canoe rammed a ship’s boat that was passing between Tasman’s two vessels, killing four Dutchmen. One Māori was hit by a shot from Tasman's men in response to the attack. The event was sketched by Isaac Gilsemans, who sailed with Tasman.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0086-021
Photolithograph after a drawing by Isaac Gilsemans

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John Wilson, 'European discovery of New Zealand - Abel Tasman', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/1407/conflict-at-murderers-bay (accessed 29 March 2017)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 11 May 2016