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Life in Early Poverty Bay

Unfortunate Naming of District

Unfortunate Naming of District.

“The next morning,” Cook says, “Wednesday, 11th, at 6 o'clock, we weighed and stood away from this unfortunate and inhospitable place to which I gave the name of Poverty Bay, and which, by the natives, is called ‘Te Oneroa,’ or ‘Long Sand,’ as it did not afford us a single article that we wanted … The southwest point of the bay I named Young Nick's Head, after Nicholas Young, the boy who first saw the land.” Thus ended Cook's only visit to this part of New Zealand; but as the ship lay becalmed in the afternoon, a little to the south of Young Nick's Head, several canoes put off, and, one, which had followed the ship out of Poverty Bay, came directly alongside. With a little persuasion the four men who formed the crew (one of whom was recognised as one of the hostile party encountered on Monday) were induced to come on board the ship. Their example was shortly afterwards followed by the rest and there was soon around the page 9 ship no less than seven canoes and about fifty men. About an hour before sunset, but three of the men were left on board, and were transhipped on the following morning to a canoe off Table Cape.