The Pacific: Sam Neill on His Fascination with Captain Cook and Cultural Vandalism in the Pacific

Captain James Cook’s incredible epic voyages of discovery are as controversial now after 250 years as ever. In light of recent public debate in this new six-part series, Sam Neill re-examines Cook’s legacy, delivering new perspectives from the Pacific cultures left in Cook’s wake.

Cook first set sail to the Pacific in 1768. These vast waters, one third of the Earth’s surface, were uncharted – but not unknown. A rich diversity of people and cultures navigated, traded, lived and fought here for thousands of years. Before Cook, the Pacific was disconnected from the power and ideas of Europe, Asia and America. In the wake of Cook, everything changed.