Voyage marks 250 years since first Māori-Pākehā encounters

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. Waka hourua, New Zealand tall ships, the Endeavour replica, and naval ships will go on a three-month voyage around the country from October to December. Voyaging expert Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr is the co-chair of Tuia – Encounters 250, which is organising the commemorations.

Tupaia’s Map Unlocked

“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.

Reanimating Tūpuna Stories

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.

 

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