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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Place names tell a story

While place names like 'Tōtaranui' and 'Meretoto' have made headway, what about the roads, or bays, less travelled?

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Come strum with us

Call for Ukulele players to strike a chord with flotilla visitors

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Four days on a waka

Keelan Walker spent four days with the Tuia 250 flotilla, on board the Tahitian vessel, Fa'afaite i te Ao Mā'ohi.

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Teaching our future leaders

OPINION: Marlborough is well-placed to pick up and run with what could be the most important nation-building project of a generation.

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Voyagers selected for flotilla

A teacher and a vineyard contractor will face the elements on a waka hourua and the HMB Endeavour for Tuia 250.

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Track the flotilla

Follow the progress of the Tuia 250 flotilla on your device with this dynamic GPS and animated tracking technology.

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Look who's talking: 

Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō

Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō is one of four iwi preparing to welcome the Tuia 250 flotilla in November and one of eight iwi who call Te Tauihu home.

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Supergroup to headline Picton event

Organisers decide to pick band with "willingness to speak out" to star in Tuia 250 commemorations.

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Te Tau Ihu iwi celebrate in style

It was a special occasion for Te Tau Ihu iwi Ngāti Kuia, who not only celebrated Matariki, they also recognised the waka Te Hoiere, that was completed exactly one year ago.

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Game connects young people with their history

Students from Queen Charlotte College are creating a computer game in preparation for Tuia 250 commemorations.

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Setting sail for commemorative encounter

November this year marks the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first encounters in New Zealand.

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Sailors sought to join the crews

Keen young local sailors will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the Tuia 250 voyage

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Different perspectives emerge

Students at a Marlborough school are hearing a different side of their local history that includes first encounters between migrants and Māori and how it was experienced by local Iwi.

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Commemoration locked in

The itinerary for dual heritage celebrations in Marlborough will include two welcome parties, a night show and a roadshow.

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Warm welcome in Picton

Marlborough mayor John Leggett is urging people to save-the date and make the most of the “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.

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'Legendary' map of Pacific

After six years of research, two German professors believe Tahitian navigator Tupaia's map of the Pacific, once thought to be "unreadable," was "fully understandable".

Dame Jenny Shipley returns to Whitney Street School

Dame Jenny Shipley returns to Whitney Street School

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Who were the first humans to reach New Zealand?

DNA evidence clearly shows the founding population of New Zealand must have numbered in the hundreds.

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Waka's dawn launch

"We're tangata whenua, people of the land; but we were the people of the sea first."

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Apply for Media Accreditation

Applications are now open for journalists, photographers and film crews keen to cover the Waitohi/Picton-based Tuia 250 commemorations, November 21 - 24.​

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The Endeavour in Tōtaranui /Queen Charlotte Sound

On the 15th of January 1770 Lieutenant James Cook brought his ship, the bark Endeavour, into Tōtaranui.

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Adventuring in the Sounds

As learning curves go, a voyage on the Spirit of New Zealand is right up there for youth.

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At Meretoto/Ship Cove the Pōwhiri will be welcoming the crew of the Tuia 250 flotilla to Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka-a-Māui (Top of the South Island).

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Using only signs of nature

After months of anticipation, the first Tuia 250 vessel has launched - with Fa'afaite i te Ao Mā'ohi leaving the shores of Tahiti.

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Look who's talking: Rangitāne

Rangitāne is one of four iwi taking part in Tuia 250. But who are they?

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Emotional graduation ceremony

Tears were shed as rangatahi graduated from Ngāti Apa's 10th leadership programme.

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Captain James Cook: Destructive coloniser or intrepid explorer?

Opinion: It's a good time to start talking about how we, as a country, are going to mark the 250th arrival of Captain James Cook on these shores.

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Volunteers Needed

Do you have a few hours free each week?

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Tuia 250 Voyage Trainee applications now open

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the Tuia 250 Voyage

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Voyage of discovery

Learning about great voyages in history has taken a Marlborough school on a special journey themselves.

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No need to choose between events

Ocean Vine Hope festival steps aside to make way for Tuia 250 event in Picton on November 23

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Reanimating tūpuna stories

Games for Tuia is a project led by NZCER working in collaboration with Gamefroot.

Writer and anthropologist Dame Anne Salmond describes Tōtaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound

Writer and anthropologist Dame Anne Salmond describes Tōtaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound

Writer and anthropologist Dame Anne Salmond describes Tōtaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound as ‘Grand Central Station’ when Captain Cook first arrived.

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Captain Cook Commemorations, in Marlborough, to Celebrate Two Cultures

Tuia 250 commemorations in Marlborough celebrate dual heritage, shared future

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Cook Celebration Planned for 2020 progressing

Plan for Tuia 250 commemorations progressing

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Iwi members set sail

Two iwi members have been selected for an opportunity of a lifetime, a 10 day excursion aboard the waka hourua Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti.

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Information for boaties

In the interest of navigation safety no vessel is permitted to navigate within the specified exclusion zones 

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Call for flotilla flowers

Hundreds of bright blooms are needed to welcome crew members as they arrive in Waitohi/Picton to celebrate

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Look who's talking:

Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui

Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui is one of four iwi preparing to welcome the Tuia 250 flotilla.

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The hardest part is choosing what stories to share, says trustee.

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Look who's talking: 

Ngāti Kuia

Ngāti Kuia are one of the oldest iwi to originate from Te Tauihu, the top of South Island.

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Tuia 250 commemoration sails into Marlborough

Fly My Pretties is set to give more to Marlborough than just sounds when it performs at the Tuia 250 commemoration

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Huge interest in trainee berths

New Zealanders have jumped at the chance to apply for a free trainee berth aboard vessels that form the flotilla in the Tuia 250 Voyage

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Celebration or Commemoration 

Opinion: Labour and National debate if we should celebrate first Māori and Pākehā encounters.

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Historic vessels will head to Sounds

Marlburians are being encouraged to ‘save the date’ to welcome a national flotilla of tall ships and waka at the centre of national Tuia 250 commemorations.

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South Island readies for 250th anniversary 

History shows the most sustained contact between Māori and Pākehā was at Meretoto/Ship Cove - in the Queen Charlotte Sound of the Marlborough Sounds.

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Local historians reshape understanding of past

A community trust in Marlborough is working with local schools and other partners to tell a more balanced story about the first encounters between Māori and non-Māori in the Marlborough Sounds and their impact

The Tuia 250 flotilla is coming!

Save the date’to welcome a national flotilla of tall ships and waka at the centre of national Tuia 250 commemorations.

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Minister drops in for encounters kōrero

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Legacy from Cook Visits

Legacy from Cook Visits

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Dual heritage/shared future

Did you know Captain Cook spent more time at Meretoto/Ship Cove than anywhere else in New Zealand? Over seven years he visited the area five times, and in total spent around 100 days in the area.

Read the story here.

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Commemorations to leave a legacy on foreshore

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