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TUIA 250

Thursday, 17 October 2019 - 9:00am

The town of Whitianga and surrounds will be celebrating the historic 250th anniversary of the visit to Mercury Bay (Te Whanganui a Hei) by Captain James Cook in 1769. 

After Landing on Cooks Beach in the  November of 1769, Captain James Cook observed the transit of Mercury across the evening sky, calling the area Mercury Bay.  He continued to travel and explore the coast and the area for 12 days before continuing his journey on the ship The Endeavour.

Commemorations marking the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s 1769 voyage to New Zealand start will start in March and are being expressed through music, storytelling, kapa haka, arts, and other cultural activities on the Coromandel.

The national Tuia – 250 Encounters celebrates and recognises the connections made by the maori communities from Ngati Hei and Ngati Whanaunga to Captain Cook and his crew’s arrival.

Te Whanganui o Hei/ Mercury Bay is one of the four landing sites in Aotearoa/New Zealand where Europeans – Captain Cook and Maori first met 250 years ago in October 1769.

The Mercury Bay Anniversary 250 Trust has been formed to bring together individuals, community groups, event organisers and businesses to honour the Tuia Encounters 250 commemorations by hosting a Te Pōwhiri/welcoming ceremony.

Activities for Te Powhiri include the community street art festival happening from the 4 - 8 March 2019 in Whitianga.

Is it expected that Te Powhiri at Wharekaho, Simpsons Beach will capture much attention on Friday 18 October followed with a Karanga delivered by Ngati Hei representatives at Purangi Reserve, Cooks Beach in the afternoon.

These October events are free for the public to enjoy

Mercury Bay


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