COOK’S TOUR

New Zealand Listener - - LETTERS -

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)

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