TUIA ENCOUNTERS 250
In 2019, Aotearoa New Zealand will acknowledge 250 years since the first sustained meetings between Māori and Europeans with a national commemoration called Tuia – Encounters 250 (Tuia 250).
Tuia 250 will encourage honest kōrero/conversations within communities about Māori and European settlement of New Zealand.
Tuia 250 will recognise the extraordinary voyaging traditions and cultures of Te Moana Nui a Kiwa (the Pacific), the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers, their mātauranga (knowledge), innovation and non-instrument navigation prowess and their decision to settle in Aotearoa many generations ago.
Tuia 250 will also acknowledge the feats of European explorers, the technology they developed and their first encounters with the people of this place when James Cook, Tupaia and others on the Endeavour arrived and sailed around Aotearoa in 1769.
An unprecedented three-month Voyaging Event will see waka hourua, New Zealand tall ships, the Endeavour replica and naval ships visit sites of significance around the country between October and December 2019.
The national Education Programme will include Tuia 250 resources and activities for schools, wānanga, community interaction with the Voyaging Event, day sails and talks with crew.
In regions across the country activities are being planned – arts festivals, real community conversations, science and mātauranga, ecological restoration and historical interpretation projects.