-34.662334 latitude and 178.017654 longitude is re-known for it being the first place in New Zealand to see the dawn of the new sunrise – Gisborne.

It’s significance is for it being the place where Captain James Cook first stepped onto the New Zealand landscape and encounter the natives – where Pakeha met the Maori.

We were there for the weekend to attend a conference with Toastmasters New Zealand. The first time for BClaire.  A return for me as I once lived here for a year after a work promotion in my earlier career days.

It was great to reminisce as a guide for the other half; as much as rub shoulders with fellow speakers.

A number of iconic Kiwi’s originate from Gisborne also, from both sides of the first encounter.

Certainly a part of our cultural heritage to check out.