250 years ago, the Ngāti Hei people were shocked when the HMB Endeavour first sailed into Te Whanganui o Hei-Mercury Bay, where they had been living undisturbed for the last 400 to 500 years.
When Toawaka Met Cook explores the 12 extraordinary days that Cook and his crew spent with the Ngāti Hei people. It goes into detail on remarkable events such as the introduction of the potato to New Zealand, Te Horeta’s special gift, and the build-up to the first pōwhiri of meeting between the crew of the Endeavour and the Ngāti Hei people.
When Toawaka Met Cook is the first book to go into depth on this time that very literally shaped our shared culture. It was commissioned by the Mercury Bay 250 trust, a local organisation put together to develop long-term legacy projects as well as facilitate the events of 2019. They have organised for a replica Endeavour ship to visit Mercury Bay in October 2019 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s first landfall in New Zealand.