We are on the eve of Tuia 250 and the commemoration of Captain James Cook's first landfall in 1769 on one of the islands that made up what eventually came to be called New Zealand, and already there is widespread misinformation about the subject. Ginny Fisher in her article on the exhibition at the Auckland Museum promotes the calumny that Cook was a "coloniser". All New Zealanders should know — and be taught — that essentially Cook's mission was scientific and his voyage wasn't even on behalf of the British Government. So how he could be referred to as a

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