A set of paintings, drawings, engravings and stamps relating to first encounters between Māori and Europeans in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Abel Tasman is officially recognised as the first European to ‘discover’ Aotearoa New Zealand in 1642. His men were the first Europeans to have a confirmed encounter with Māori.
Source: 'Abel Tasman', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/people/abel-tasman, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 29-Dec-2017
De Surville arrived off Hokianga on 12 December, went north in search of a suitable anchorage and rounded North Cape on 17 December, in a storm which had blown James Cook, then sailing north up the east coast, just out of sight of land.
Source: John Dunmore. 'Surville, Jean François Marie de', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1990. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1s28/surville-jean-francois-marie-de (accessed 4 December 2019)
As captain on three voyages of discovery in the late eighteenth century, James Cook became the first European to define the outline of New Zealand.
Source: 'James Cook', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/people/james-cook, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 1-Mar-2019
Du Fresne’s was the second French expedition to visit New Zealand, following that of de Surville in 1769. Du Fresne’s acceptance of the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s beliefs about ‘noble savages’ was to have unfortunate consequences.
Source: 'Marion du Fresne arrives in Bay of Islands', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/marion-du-fresne-arrives-in-the-bay-of-islands, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 4-May-2018
In March 1793 Antoine Raymond Joseph de Bruni d’Entrecasteaux, commanding the Espérance and the Recherche, sailed past New Zealand while searching for another French explorer, Jean François de Galoup, Comte de la Pérouse.
Source: 'European discovery of New Zealand - French explorers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/european-discovery-of-new-zealand/page-8 (accessed 27 November 2019)
The expedition that Dumont d’Urville led in 1826 is considered to be the last important voyage in the story of the European discovery of New Zealand. Dumont d’Urville came with the intention of completing Cook’s chart of New Zealand.
Source: John Wilson, 'European discovery of New Zealand - French explorers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/european-discovery-of-new-zealand/page-8 (accessed 4 December 2019)