This October, New Zealanders will mark 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans with a national commemoration called Tuia 250.
Tuia 250 recognises the extraordinary voyaging traditions and cultures of Te Moana Nui a Kiwa (the Pacific), the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers, their mātauranga (knowledge), innovation and non-instrument navigation prowess and their decision to settle in Aotearoa many generations ago.
Tuia 250 acknowledges the feats of European explorers, the technology they developed and their first encounters with the people of this place when James Cook, Tupaia and others on the Endeavour arrived in 1769.
A conversation for the nation, Tuia Encounters 250 encourages discussion and debate, reflection and contemplation and brings a broad range of perspectives to the stories we tell of this place we call home.
The tauparapara (prayer) Te Tangi o te Matuhi was gifted by Te Hā pakeke (elder) Charlie Pera. It speaks of the intangible bonds established between people when they listen, unite and work together as one.
Tuia – Encounters 250 acknowledges that pivotal first encounter as well as the extraordinary feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier. In doing so, we will give voice to the often-unheard accounts of our past, elevating the extraordinary accomplishments and innovations of our Pacific, Māori and European ancestors to heal, inspire and engage current and future generations.
In 2019, we come together to remember, to listen and to reflect on our heritage. The programme will allow us to refresh our view of ourselves as a nation so that we can move confidently towards a richer shared future.
For more information on the national programme visit the Manatū Taonga the Ministry for Culture and Heritage website.
Join us in Tairawhiti as we launch the 2019 commemorations, find more detail here.