The settlers in the New Zealand Company arrived belatedly in 1839, decades after the first foreign visitors to Port Nicholson and Cook Strait. The leaders of the new colony clearly sought to downplay and ignore the vital preparatory role played by their pakeha predecessors. Wakefield wanted the new colony to begin with a clean slate, to be an unsullied replica of ‘English society’. Anyone present before the ‘new home’ was established on Wakefield’s ideals, was judged to be out of place, to be ignored and cast out of polite society before they might pollute the new model. The Nobs and Snobs of the new colony clearly preferred to ignore those who had preceded them. The first sealers, whalers and traders around Cook Strait and Port Nicholson before 1839, were indeed a motley lot, but they should no longer be denied their rightful place as Wellington’s first pioneers. Included are 50 mini-chapters about those pakeha who were here before the colony in Wellington began belatedly in 1839. There is also a chapter by Charles Heaphy on what he saw at Port Nicholson in 1839, and an appendix written by the late John O’C. Ross on ‘The European Discovery and Naming of Port Nicholson’.