New Zealand facts & history in brief
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is a city and port of the
East Coast region, north of
with about 35.000 people.
With mountain ranges on three sides,
Gisborne is a rather isolated city,
with rich soils and mild sunny climate
and is well suited for
vegetable and fruit-growing.
The nearby 'Young Nick's Head' refers
to Nicholas Young, the first member of
the crew on the Endeavour to sight
New Zealand on 7 October 1769.
Two days later, on the 9th October 1769
Captain Cook and some of the crew from
the Endeavour set foot on land.
Gisborne services the surrounding
area's sheep, dairying and cropping
Due to the the favourable climate,
the rich soils and abundant marine
life the region was populated by the
Maori people before the European settlement.
The Poverty Bay's name was given to the
area by Cook for not being able to trade
with the local Maoris to replenish
his food and water supplies.
European settlement started around
May 1831, and the town was named after
Sir William Gisborne a Colonial Secretary.
Gisborne was made a borough in 1877
and a city in 1955.
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