Tuia 250. Re-framing first contact
Next year marks the anniversary of the arrival of the first face to face meeting between tangata whenua and European sailors. The Te Hā Sestercennial Trust is preparing for a year of commemoration titled Tuia 250. It’s a commemoration of Pacific voyagers who made their way to Aotearoa, and the European sailors who arrived in October 1769. Historians Dame Anne Salmond and Dr Wayne Ngata talk to Kathryn about re-framing the conversation around first contact to include narratives from many different cultures.
How exactly should we remember the important early encounters in New Zealand history? Should we praise or condemn or find a difficult but honest middle ground?
For all you creatives: the folks at NZ On Air are currently taking applications for content that commemorates Tuia – Encounters 250 – 250 years since the first onshore encounters between Maori and Europeans.
The government is to invest nearly $8 million in two major Far North projects, including a long-held dream of wāka tohunga, Sir Hekenukumai Busby.