National Geographic : 1962 Apr
tEKACHROME(ABOVE) BY K. V. BIGWOODAND KODACHROMEBY G.J. H . MOON(C) NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY City of Gannets Colonizes the Bare Shelves of Cape Kidnappers Nearly three thousand pairs live on this North Island sanctuary, named Kidnappers by Capt. James Cook when Maoris attempted to abduct a Tahitian boy from his ship. Nest ing birds on the distant rock suggest pins in a pincushion. idea of a Maori king still survives. Continuing the tradition is King Ko roki; he lives in an intricately carved residence at Ngaruawahia where, in 1954, he received Queen Elizabeth II. At the junction of the rivers once traveled by swift war canoes, thou sands of Maoris and Europeans were gathering for a big annual event Ngaruawahia's regatta. It was a photographer's paradise; I soon lost Brake in the colorful, cheer ful crowd. I relaxed on a grassy bank above the river, with a tall, friendly, distinguished-looking old Maori. His father had fought against the British redcoats-perhaps against one of my great-grandfathers. Now together, white and brown, we watched the Maori canoe races and canoe leaps beside the European scul lers and speedboats (pages 478-9). "Once there was difference between 485 Living fossil, the dragonlike tuatara survives from ancient reptiles that claimed the dinosaur as ancestor. A scale-covered lump on its head endures as the rem nant of the once-important pineal, or third, eye. Feed ing mainly on insects, the saurian ranges outlying islands. Hunters and their dogs have exterminated them on the mainland.