An important feature of early contact in New Zealand was the role of intermediaries or kaiwhakarite who acted as go-betweens – people from one culture who lived with the other culture and helped bridge the gap between them.
Page 3 – Maori intermediaries: Ruatara
In 1805 the Ngapuhi chief Ruatara left New Zealand on the whaling ship Argo with the intention of meeting King George III.
Page 4 – The first woman settler?
Charlotte lived with a Ngāpuhi chief and refused to be 'rescued' on at least two occasions, before disappearing from the record.
Page 5 – Further information
Publications and links relating to Pakeha-Maori and Maori-Pakeha in the pre-1840 period