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Conversations - 12 Days in 1769

  • Coghill Theatre 18 Coghill Street Whitianga, Waikato, 3510 New Zealand (map)

Let’s Talk Tuia
Te Pōwhiri Wānanga No. 2

JOE DAVIS - Ngāti Hei Kaumātua
JOHN STEELE - Historian

Haere mai! You are invited!

Join Mercury 250 Trust’s Let’s Talk Tuia conversation as our specialist speakers discuss informally and unrehearsed, what really went on when HMB Endeavour sailed into Te Whanganui o Hei in November 1769.

How did tangata whenua react? What was life like in Te Whanganui o Hei at the time? Did European history record events faithfully? What actually happened? Was the arrival of the Endeavour that significant? Put yourself in the shoes of Toawaka, venerated Ngāti Hei chief, when the Endeavour was first sighted…

Our panellists will bring new insights, background and some fascinating stories about a crucial encounter leading up to very first Pōwhiri accorded to a European.

Let’s Talk Tuia: time to learn, to reflect, and to look forward.

Registration essential at Whitianga Paper Plus or

Admission free

Earlier Event: August 1
Beyond Kāpene Kuku / Captain Cook
Later Event: October 4
Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival