Let's talk. Tuia 250 - a conversation about our nation


Let's talk about our history. Let's talk about our shared future.

This year Aotearoa New Zealand will acknowledge 250 years since the first onshore encounters between Māori and Europeans, with a national commemoration called Tuia – Encounters 250 (Tuia 250).

It's about what brought us together, the challenges we face and how we will weave our cultures and values into a future we will be proud to leave for the next generation.

Tuia 250 encourages kōrero, debate and reflection, and enable a more balanced telling of our stories, so that we speak openly and respectfully about our histories. 

We will also recognise the extraordinary voyaging traditions and cultures of Te Moana Nui a Kiwa (the Pacific),and the feats of European explorers and the technology they developed.


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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