Setting sail for commemorative encounters

Wild Tomato Magazine

November this year marks the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first encounters in New Zealand.

“Tuia 250 acknowledges the stories from those first onshore encounters between Māori and Europeans, both good and bad, so we can learn about our history in a balanced and respectful way,” says Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage chief executive Bernadette Cavanagh.


Commemoration activities include a special voyage to specific landing sites around New Zealand in November.


Tuia 250 vessels comprise the Haunui from Tāmaki Makaurau/ Auckland, and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti from Tauranga, the va’a moana Fa’afaite i te Ao Mā’ohi which joins from Pape’ete, Tahiti.


Heritage vessels joining the flotilla on its arrival in Tōtaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound are the HMB Endeavour replica (pictured) from the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney and the Spirit of New Zealand.


For more information about the exciting line-up of events visit www.tō


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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