Kōrero: Poles

Engraving of a tūī

Polish engraving of a tūī

The first people with a connection to Poland known to have reached New Zealand were two scientists who came with Captain James Cook on his second voyage in 1772. They were Polish-born Johann Reinhold Forster and his son Georg, and they both published accounts of the voyage. Georg’s engraving of the ‘poe-bird’, published in Cook’s own account, A voyage towards the South Pole, is one of the earliest European depictions of a tūī.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-051-028
Engraving by Johann Georg Forster

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Theresa Sawicka, 'Poles - The first arrivals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/1155/engraving-of-a-tui (accessed 19 January 2022)

He kōrero nā Theresa Sawicka, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015