Life in Early Poverty Bay
Native Queen of the East Coast
Native Queen of the East Coast.
Maori tradition states that Hinematioro, who was then a young girl, was pointed out to Cook as a young lady of high rank and that he presented her with beads and other ornaments. Hinematioro was much looked-up to in her time by all the tribes along this part of the coast, and her name was known formerly as far north as the Bay of Islands as that of a great rangatira. She lost her life about 60 or 70 years when making her escape from Te Pourewa on “Sporing's Island,” the pa which was attacked by Ngatiporou. The canoe was making for Whangara, and was upset at sea, the only survivor being her grandson, Te Kani-a-Takirau.
Cook says that the bay is called by the natives “Tolago,” but this has not been identified with any Maori name now in use in the neighborhood. The bay takes its name from the River Uawa, which flows into it; ano the name of Cook's Cove is Opoutama. The rocks off this entrance to the cove have altered very little since Cook's time, for the description which he gives of them might have been written yesterday. “Close to the north end of the island (Sporing's Island) at the entrance into the bay are two high rocks: one is round like a corn-stack; but the other is long and perforated in several places, so that the openings appear like the arches of a bridge. Within these rocks is the cove where we cut wood and filled our water casks.”
On Monday, October 30, Cook made sail again to the northward and here we take our leave of him.