Photo from Tupaia’s Endeavour, supplied to RNZ by Lala Rolls
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.
Singer Ria Hall says that ‘it’s fitting to be performing at an event which commemorates our unique tales of arrival.’
Listen to a podcast about the Tuia 250 commemorations, featuring Dame Anne Salmond.
Michael Norris’ new work Mātauranga (Rerenga) is inspired by Captain James Cook’s first encounters with Māori in 1769.