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.