Otago Museum’s Tuia 250 programme supports learning about astronomy and celestial navigation

Otago Museum’s two applications to the Lottery Tuia – Encounters 250 Programme have been successful, netting
$370 000 for community outreach programmes aimed at young people.

Dr Ian Griffin, Otago Museum Director, has developed a programme called Ka mua, ka muri, Te Mahutatanga o Takero, Looking Back & Looking Forward, Mercury Rising to mark Mercury’s transit across the sun in September. This rare event coincides with the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s observation of the very same phenomenon.

The programme, a partnership between cultural and scientific organisations across New Zealand, will culminate in a high profile, week-long, nationally coordinated programme of inspirational science activities, including a group of students visiting Mercury Bay to watch the transit with a group of astronomers.

Reanimating Tūpuna Stories

Tuia250 revives history through modern-day voyaging, storytelling, and now gaming.
Marlborough iwi, Te Atiawa, tells the story of the great navigator, Kupe who chased the cheeky octopus, Muturangi from his home in Hawaiki to Aotearoa after Muturangi stole fish from his net.

Healing Old Wounds

An important and startling new piece of Bay of Islands history was revealed at a Russell Museum Exhibition opening on Friday night. Henrik Grudemo, the Deputy Head Of Mission at the Swedish Embassy had come to Russell for the opening of Paradise Lost, an exhibition...

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Ūawa Tolaga Bay

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