Pōwhiri at Meretoto/Ship Cove


Tuia is about connection. Our connections to the whenua, our connections to our tīpuna, and our connections to each other.

The pōwhiri at Meretoto brought together Ngāti Apa ki Rā Tō, Ngāti Kuia, Rangitāne o Wairau, Te Ātiawa o te Waka-a-Māui, the crews of the tall ships Spirit of New Zealand and the HMB Endeavour replica, the crew of waka Haunui and Pumaiterangi, and the crew of the Tahitian va’a Fa’afaite. T

Local waka Te Hoiere (Ngāti Kuia), Te Haeata (Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō), and Te Aorere and Te Tairere (Te Ātiawa o te Waka-a-Māui) also participated in the welcome.

Stories were shared of Kupe, of Cook, of Tupaia, and our connections to them. 

Nga mihi ki nga iwi o Te Tau Ihu. 


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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