Tuia Encounters 250

This year, Aotearoa New Zealand will acknowledge 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and non-Māori. Tuia – Encounters 250 (Tuia 250) is the national commemoration that recognises this milestone in our history.

This is a time to share, debate and reflect – to enable a more balanced telling of our stories, so that we speak openly and respectfully about our history. Tuia 250 is an opportunity to hold some honest conversations about Māori and European settlement of New Zealand to guide us as we go forward together.

Events and activities in regions right around the country will help New Zealanders to join the discussion.

The Tuia 250 kaupapa

Tuia 250 is about the people and place of Aotearoa New Zealand - what brought us together, the challenges we face and how we will weave our cultures and values into a future we will be proud to leave for the next generation.

Tuia 250 will recognise 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 will also acknowledge 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 and sailed around Aotearoa in 1769.

Two pieces of writing were developed to help bring depth and understanding to the context of Tuia – Encounters 250, by Dr Wayne Ngata and Dame Anne Salmond. These texts, which focus on the purpose, meaning, and importance of Tuia 250, can be accessed from the Tuia 250 website.

Commemoration programme

An unprecedented three-month voyaging event will see waka hourua, New Zealand tall ships, the Endeavour replica, and naval ships visit sites of significance around the country between October and December 2019. The flotilla will commence with an opening ceremony in Gisborne in October.

The programme will include Tuia 250 resources and activities for schools, wānanga, community interaction with the voyaging event, day sails, and talks with crew.

Regional events and activities are also being planned, including arts festivals, science and mātauranga, ecological restoration, and historical interpretation projects.

For more information see the Tuia 250 website.

IMAGE: The chiefs Waikato and Hongi Hika with missionary Thomas Kendall in England, oil painting by James Barry (1820). National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington (Ref:G-618)

IMAGE: The chiefs Waikato and Hongi Hika with missionary Thomas Kendall in England, oil painting by James Barry (1820). National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington (Ref:G-618)