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TUIA 250 | Encounters

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. 

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.

Mercury Bay


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