In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Pākehā during James Cook and the Endeavour’s 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand. Tuia – Encounters 250 will acknowledge this pivotal moment in our nation’s history as well as the extraordinary feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier.

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First Voyages 

Dawn unveiling of Tauihu - Wednesday, November 27, 5.30am


Rangitāne o Wairau will unveil a large sculpture depicting the prow of the waka of Maui Te Waka a Maui.

 

Tōhunga Hemi Te Peeti, who designed and carved the waka, will be present as well as the waka hourua crew.

 

Karakia will be followed by light refreshments.

5.15am, gather for a 5:30am karakia and blessing
Cnr Grove Road and Dillons Point Road
Open to the public
Hosted by Rangitāne o Wairau

First Voyagers - Wednesday, November 27, 6pm - 10pm

Rangitāne o Wairau will host a VIP evening event celebrating the early voyagers Maui and Kupe.

 

The evening will include a delicious Māori-themed feast, presentations from subject experts and showcase local kapa haka talent.

Ūkaipō Cultural Centre, Fell Street, Grovetown
Open to the public, limited seating available
Hosted by Rangitāne o Wairau

 


Tupaia - Thursday, November 28, 6pm - 10pm


Rangitāne o Wairau will host a VIP evening event celebrating the Tahitian tōhunga Tupaia.

 

The evening will include a fusion of Māori/Tahitian food, presentations from international subject experts Lars Eckstein and Anja Schwarz (Universität Potsdam in Berlin) and showcase local Māori and Pasifika talent.


Ūkaipō Cultural Centre, Fell Street, Grovetown
Open to the public, limited seating available
Hosted by Rangitāne o Wairau

 

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