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The first Hongi
While Gisborne is rightfully known for its stunning beaches, the city has another, more historical side to it. Takle a walk along the shore and you'll see history unfolding. Marking the landing of the first European on New Zealand shores in October 1769 is the Captain James Cook memorial. The first hongi (best described as a nose kiss) between Pakeha and Maori took place on a rock just opposite this statue. And further along, another statue, that of Nicholas Young - “Young Nick” – who was the first on board the Endeavour to sight New Zealand, was rewarded by having the brilliant white cliffs south of the city named after him.
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