Waitematā, Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa, 2014
On that night, now forty years ago, the large Pakeha population - five all told - slept on Waitemata’s shore for the first time - of Maoris I know not how many, but a large number.
And after the passing away of forty more years, who can tell how many Pakehas shall sleep on Waitemata’s shore, but will there then be Maoris in number five all told?
Who can say?
For this land of which I write is destined to be the happy pleasure ground of all the Great South Lands of the Pacific.
Excerpt: Campbell, John Logan. (1881). Poenamo, Sketches of the early days of New Zealand, romance and reality of antipodean life in the infancy of a new colony. London & Edinburgh: Williams & Norgate.