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Barber postulated that the iwi may have been insecure in their control of the bay and its resources because of their own relatively recent arrival.
Little is known of the history of Ngati Tumatakokiri people as they were extinguished by a Māori invasion during the Musket Wars about 1823.
In December 2011 the bay, as well as much of the Nelson/Tasman region, was hit by heavy rain and flooding.
Archaeological evidence has not shown any large settlements so it is likely that the iwi normally lived in whanau based groups scattered along the coast but mainly in the eastern bay at Ligar Beach, Tata Beach and Wainui Bay where there are 20 known archaeological sites in a 10 km zone.
European settlement commenced in October 1842 with the Lovell family settling at Motupipi near the then existing Māori pa site.
Prior to the Lovell's settling, in March of that year a Mr Tuckett had discovered coal on the beach near the Motupipi pa.
In 1770, during his first voyage, English explorer James Cook included the bay as part of Blind Bay, but upon his second voyage to the bay in 1773 realised that it was in fact the location of Murderers Bay.
The French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville appears to have changed the name to Massacre Bay.
The iwi who occupied this area in 1642 were the Ngati Tumatakokiri from the North Island.