Tuia 250. Re-framing first contact
Tupaia as a young boy stares into the camera, visible from the chest up and wearing a woven cloak. In the background are the blurry figures of British soldiers on the beach.

Photo from Tupaia’s Endeavour, supplied to RNZ by Lala Rolls

RNZ, Nine to Noon, 8 October 2018

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.


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Mercury 250 Trust logo
Tōtaranui 250 Trust  logo
Te Hā 1769 Sestercentennial Trust logo
Te Toki Voyaging Trust logo
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Tūranganui-a-Kiwa Gisborne

Ūawa Tolaga Bay

Whitianga Mercury Bay

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland


Pēwhairangi Bay of Islands

Te Aurere Doubtless Bay

Waitohi Picton

Wairau Te Waiharakeke Blenheim

Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington

Whakaraupō Lyttleton