Story: The New Zealanders

‘The head of a New Zealander’

‘The head of a New Zealander’

By 1769 the country was named ’Nieuw Zeeland’ on European maps, so English speakers quickly adopted the term ’New Zealanders’ to describe Māori. It is used in this engraving made in the 1790s from a sketch by Sydney Parkinson, the artist on James Cook’s first voyage to New Zealand.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-111-105
Lithograph by Sydney Parkinson

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Jock Phillips, 'The New Zealanders - Māori New Zealanders ', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 20 May 2015