Ngāti Kuia


Ngāti Kuia have been here for hundreds of years.


They are one of four tangata whenua iwi of Meretoto/Ship Cove in Tōtaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound.


Along with whanaunga Rangitāne and Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, their tīpuna, or ancestors, were present at Meretoto when James Cook sailed into the bay in January 1770.


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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