I agree with Luisa Shannahan ( Letters, October 6) that there was no justification for the September 29 Listener cover that portrayed Captain Cook as a fool. Cook surveyed and mapped our islands in incredible detail and with great accuracy.
Others had passed this way before but none had lingered. He not only lingered but
interacted respectfully and, on the whole successfully, with Māori.
Of course, fascinating discoveries are still being made about this land’s history, but in using the resources and knowledge at his disposal at the time, Cook’s visits were a sensational step forward for naval exploration.
Pip Casey (Tauranga)