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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Meretoto/Ship Cove - Pōwhiri Tuia 250 flotilla

21 November 2019 

An official event at Meretoto/Ship Cove - to acknowledge Meretoto as the site of the significant on-shore First Encounters between Māori and Europeans at Tōtaranui.


This event will be led by our iwi partners. Invitees include key stakeholders and dignitaries. 

For more information see : Pōwhiri Meretoto and Information for boaties