First Meeting Day 2015 (Abel Tasman 373)

This year’s commemoration of the first recorded meeting between Maori and another people was a great success. A total of about 40 people (who had not previously been part of the annual event) came to the monument, the museum, Taupo Point and the boat trip out into Golden Bay/Mohua. It’s a reflection of growing interest in this important national heritage story. For more information go to the dedicated website:

A couple of participants produced wonderful surprises: one was a bracelet created by five linked silver book clasps from an 18th-century notebook/almanac produced by the VOC (Dutch East India Company) office in Delft. Here is one link of the bracelet:




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