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Rescue at Delaware Bay - Roadside Stories

Rescue at Delaware Bay - Roadside Stories


Delaware Bay, Nelson

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Cable and Delaware Bays. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

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.

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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