Iwi Engagement

Strengthen links with all Te Tau Ihu iwi through our Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa, Rāngitane and Te Atiāwa trustees in the development of Tōtaranui 250 projects and events



Recognise and celebrate the unique place Marlborough holds in Maori and Pākehā voyaging history. Support and develop initiatives that recognise the importance of significant sites within Tōtaranui as a place favoured by Kupe and Cook, and Tupaia as the navigator between cultures



Promote the national and international significance of Marlborough through education and science programmes with a focus on Dual Heritage – Shared Future


Arts, Culture and Heritage

Support and collaborate with arts, culture and heritage organisations and individuals with initiatives that illuminate and celebrate Pacific and European voyaging traditions and first meetings



Create awareness about the Marlborough Sounds environment and support projects to protect and enhance native plants, animals and marine life.



Enhance the Marlborough economy by developing and showcasing our unique cultural, historical and natural heritage and attracting visitors to Marlborough.

Our Aims


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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