Rescue at Delaware Bay - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Delaware Bay

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Delaware Bay in the Video tab.

In 1863 Hūria Mātenga became a national heroine after she swam into treacherous seas to save those on board the Delaware, wrecked off the coast of Nelson. All the crew were rescued, and Hūria and her four Māori companions were rewarded by the government. Nearby Cable Bay is where New Zealand’s first telegraph cable came ashore.

Related web links:
The wreck of the Delaware
Delaware crew rescue: Hūria Mātenga
Huria Matenga
Nelson surrounds and suburbs
Nelson region: sea and air transport and communications

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit 

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