A surfer takes to the water at Midway Beach, Poverty Bay, with Young Nick's Head in the background. Young Nick's Head was named by Captain James Cook in honour of Nick Young, who was the first to sight New Zealand (but not the Head) from the Endeavour in 1769. (NZ had already been discovered by the Maori, and then by Abel Tasman, but Cook claimed it for Britain.) He also bestowed the name Poverty Bay on what is now a thriving wine-growing and market gardening area. Midway Beach is one of the best surfing beaches in the Bay.