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Kaipawa Harbour

Unknown Shipwreck could rewrite New Zealand history


Last week, an 11-year-old boy stumbled upon an old bronze canon in Darwin, Australia that predates the arrival of the acclaimed Captain James Cook to the continent in 1770.  Now, a new discovery has been made that also predates his arrival in New Zealand in 1769 – an unknown shipwreck that has been dated to 1705, plus or minus 9 years.

The ship, which is 27 metres in length, was discovered buried in sand in the Kaipara Harbour and has just been radiocarbon-dated and scrutinised by tree-ring experts, leading to the date of 1705. However, according to accepted history, no-one visited New Zealand between the first European contact in 1642, and James Cook’s arrival in 1769. 

Every child in Australia and New Zealand learns about the ‘heroic efforts’ of Captain James Cook, the British explorer, navigator and captain who is credited with leading the way to British colonisation of the two countries, and who in many cases, is also credited with being the first foreigner to discover the two lands.  

However, ask any Australian who Willem Janszoon is, and they will most likely respond with a blank look.  In fact, he was a Dutch navigator who reached Australia 164 years before James Cook.  Likewise, Abel Tasman is known to have explored New Zealand in 1642, more than a century before Cook. 

Fighting over dates and who was the very first to discover the lands seems rather inconsequential when you consider that the Australia Aborigines inhabited Australia for at least 40,000 years before Cook’s arrival. But there is a bigger issue at stake here than just ‘who was the first?’.  The point is that early discoveries of Australia and New Zealand were quietly scratched out of the school syllabus and many history books, as giving credit to the ‘colonisers’ was far more important.  And this is a common pattern. We know for example, that Christopher Columbus was also not the first foreigner to step foot in the Americas.

What we learn at school and what is written in many history books is very often not produced with accuracy in mind, but rather has been written to serve a certain political agenda.  The good news is that more and more people are catching on to the fraud and are no longer willing to have the shades pulled over their eyes.

By April Holloway



When compared to some of the worlds past cultures, dynasties and empires which possessed ocean going technology that are known to have existed in antiquity, and assuming perhaps even some so ancient they are now utterly forgotton to the memory of mankind,

I am a shipwreck Explorer and interested in early settlement of New Zealand

Near where I live here in New Zealand is an ancient stone wall (a continuation of the Aorangi mountain range to the sea){a short wall approx 200meters long but amazingly well built} predates the maori people, on the opposite coast is giant tree stumps petrified under the sand and out to sea those long black things in the water are petrified logs! I believe N.Z. must be 1000s of years old and populated as long

kia ora im a maori from new zealand .My elders have lots of stories about the people that where in nz first,there where the mori ori before us .They where a dancing race and did not like to fight but we did hence their decline into our population .But there were other races of mystical people called patu pirihe ,te rehu with bright white skin blonde hair and big blue eyes a mist would sometimes follow them they sang loudly and walked in groups wore white robes and would take our boys to their hill top homes and teach them astrology servaying navagation and lots more then they would bring them back to give the knowledge to everyone. i believe they where lumerians some had red hair as well rh neg carriers nz government has a 25 year embargo on more than 1500 ancient sites around nz this sucks.we had these people in our tribes some were chiefs europeans were suprised to see our white chiefs these people were also called the pake pakeha which is why we called europeans pakeha when they came we already had a name for them these people could grow crops three times faster than us using a mist and working at night my people would sit on a hill side and watch in amazement as the kumara grew overnight. sorry about spelling and punctuation there is much more too oblisks pyrmids stone circles caves carved out of mountains geographic markers on hilltops in north and south islands how dare they hide this!!!

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Very good points Mark!


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April Holloway is a Co-Owner, Editor and Writer of Ancient Origins. For privacy reasons, she has previously written on Ancient Origins under the pen name April Holloway, but is now choosing to use her real name, Joanna Gillan.

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