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TUIA 250 | Encounters

Thursday, 17 October 2019 - 9:00am

The Tuia – Encounters 250 commemoration is a programme of events, education and over 50 projects enriching communities nationwide. It celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand’s Pacific voyaging heritage and acknowledges the first onshore encounters between Māori and Pākehā in 1769–70.
Use Tuia 250 as an opportunity to hold honest conversations about the past, the present and how we navigate our shared future together.

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. 

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. See below for dates of these exciting events.

Date: 18th October 2019, 8am
Venue: Cooks Beach

Pop down to the beach at the Central Reserve to watch the replica HMB Endeavour and Fa'afaite Va'a sail past. BYO breakfast, hot drinks & something to sit on.

Date: 18th October 2019 
Venue: Wharekaho and Marine Reserve, Whitianga

The key ceremony for Te Pōwhiri  - the Pōwhiri - will take place at Wharekaho, below the famous Wharetaewa Pa (fortified village).Te Pōwhiri is to acknowledge and commemorate the first encounter between Ngāti Hei and Endeavour crew 250 years ago. Te Whanganui o Hei/Mercury Bay and Wharekaho in particular, was the location of the first friendly encounters between Māori and Europeans. Apart from the current Davis Homestead and stock paddocks, the site remains largely untouched since the actual event

For more info visit the Tuia 250 website.

Date: 19th October 2019, 10am to 10pm 
Venue: Whakau Reserve (Taylor’s Mistake), Whitianga 

Creative Mercury Bay presents The Tuia Stage, a 12 hour outdoor showcase of Coromandel Peninsula performing artists (poets, storytellers, musicians) of all ages, all presenting their lived experience and interpretation of the kaupapa of Tuia 250 on two stages in the middle of Whitianga from 10am to 10pm.


Date: 19th - 20th October 2019, 10am to 4pm 
Venue: Whakau Reserve (Taylor's Mistake), Whitianga 

12 Coromandel Master Weavers present Raranga Taura Here Star Waka, a contemporary raranga exhibition, demonstration and wānanga: on opportunity to weave your own star to add to the symbolic waka and star-studded universe.   

This project acknowledges past, present and future voyaging to and from Aotearoa in all directions, with the stars reflecting navigation patterns over time and space. Together the waka and the stars symbolise the universe and the binding together of ira atua (the realm of the gods) and ira tangata (the realm of humans).   

Led by Dr Maureen Lander and contributed to by Māori writer and poet Robert Sullivan, a visit to this tent is not to be missed.  

Mercury Bay


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