Michael Norris’ new work Mātauranga (Rerenga) is inspired by Captain James Cook’s first encounters with Māori in 1769. It was commissioned as part of the NZSO’s Landfall Series to mark the 250th anniversary of the encounters this year. Norris’ evocative piece will include the sounds of taonga puoro, (traditional Māori instruments) and live electronics to represent indigenous flora and fauna, as well as mātauranga – Māori knowledge and wisdom.read more
Exciting new BOOK RELEASE about Ngāti Hei tupuna, Toawaka and his first encounter with Captain Cook.read more
New Zealanders will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the Tuia 250 Voyage and to sail aboard waka hourua (double-hulled canoes), va’a moana, heritage and youth ships as part of a flotilla, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage Chief Executive Bernadette Cavanagh announced today.read more
“Europeans abstract space, they objectivise it, externalise it and fix it. They then measure it with the invisible lines of latitude and longitude, measure where you are and then travel,” he said.
Polynesians imagined a world where “people didn’t move”, but the “world moved around them”, Eckstein said.read more
As part of Tuia 250, ākona (students) in Marlborough and the East Coast are participating in gaming workshops to explore and share their local histories. The Games for Tuia project is led by NZCER working in collaboration with Gamefroot, and encourages tamariki to run with their imaginations in game design – telling stories like that of Kupe and Te Wheke o Muturangi.read more
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
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
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
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