Excerpt from Dunedin and Its Neighbourhood: A Short Account of Its History, Biology and Geology, and of the Commerce and Industries of Otago; A Handbook for the Use of Members of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science; Dunedin Meeting, 1904
The establishment Of whaling stations along our coasts must have wrought a change in the habits of the Maori, as they were attracted thither in the hope of gleaning some crumbs of the marvellous wealth of the white man. But not as beggars went the Maori; they would share with the pakeha the perils of the whaleboat, and many of them became expert harpooners; they would barter pigs and potatoes - both benefactions be stowed by Captain Cook - for the tomahawks, muskets, or blankets of the whalers; they would even at times take what they wanted with the strong band, but to begging or petty theft they never stooped, for as a race the Maoris were Nature's gentlemen. Early in 1836 the popula tion at Otakou, now Otago Heads, numbered between two and three thousand, while along the coast northward there was another settlement of some 500 natives at Purakanui but none were resident at the head of the harbour, where the fair city Of Dunedin now stands.
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