Next year marks the anniversary of the arrival of the first face to face meeting between tangata whenua and European sailors.read more
Enter the 2019 Smart Alex creative writing competition for secondary school students
Would your secondary students like to enter an exciting creative writing competition? Entry is free and there is $3,000 in prize money!read more
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?read more
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.read more
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.read more
Otago Museum’s Tuia 250 programme supports learning about astronomy and celestial navigationOtago 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....read more
This year a commemoration marking 250 years since the first onshore encounters between Māori and Europeans will prompt New Zealanders to have conversations about our history …read more
Gisborne will be the first port of call in October for a flotilla of waka and historical tall ships on a voyage around New Zealand to mark the 250th anniversary since the first encounters between Maori and Europeans in October 1769.
Tuia 250 co-chair Dame Jenny Shipley said this morning a replica of Captain James Cook’s Endeavour would be included in the Tuia Encounters 250 event. However, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Culture and Heritage said this was still being finalised.
It’s been 250 years since the first encounters between Māori and Pākehā in Aotearoa, and it’s just been announced a voyage will take place as part of the commemorations.read more
‘Let’s be honest’ – Dame Jenny Shipley says Tuia 250 event will not be all about Captain Cookread more
On the maiden voyage of the Te Aurere to Rarotonga in 1992, Jack Thatcher was a bug-eyed 30-year-old seeking adventure.
He’d never sailed a traditional seafaring waka before. Today he’s clocked up roughly 60–70,000 nautical miles by traditional means and has students to whom he’s passing on his knowledge.read more
“I once read a book by Elsdon Best where he disputed the traditional navigation techniques that guided Polynesian migratory travel throughout the Pacific. I recall thinking at the time, ‘I’m going to prove you’re wrong’, and we have.”read more
#WIN a chance to sail on the waka Pumaiterangi in the Wellington Harbour next week during kapahaka festival Te Matatini ki te Ao 2019
Voyaging is a key theme of the Tuia 250 commemoration. That’s why we’re giving away two chances to go on a sailing from Oriental Bay with a friend – thanks to Te Toki Waka Houruaread more
An artist’s impression of how the site may have looked. Image / Andrew Louis Clues left by the first Polynesian arrivals to Northland have led scientists to uncover one of New Zealand’s earliest human settlements. He began hearing the stories…read more