Tuia 250 ki Taitokerau

Tuia 250 ki Taitokerau is a series of events, programmes and activities being held in the region as part of the nationwide Tuia 250 programme. It is being organised by the Te Au Mārie Trust, one of 4 landfall site trusts, alongside partners and community groups who are also making their own contributions to the national Tuia 250 commemorations.

A focus of Tuia 250 ki Taitokerau is taking the opportunity to reclaim and share histories specific to this place. We are excited to share the untold stories, to balance the narratives and acknowledge our collective histories.

Oral histories have already been documented and will continue to be documented. These will provide a rich legacy that retell of our voyaging and navigation, tārai waka (waka carving), our navigators, our rangatira (leaders), of first encounters with tauiwi and our collective histories.

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For a brochure outlining all the activities in Taitokerau, download the brochure!

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A key part of the commemoration is the Tuia 250 Voyage. A flotilla of Pacific and European vessels will sail around the coast for a period of three months, between October and December 2019.

About Tuia 250

In 2019, Aotearoa New Zealand will acknowledge 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans. Tuia – Encounters 250 (Tuia 250) is the national commemoration that recognises this milestone in our history.

A key part of the commemoration is the Tuia 250 Voyage. A flotilla of Pacific and European vessels will sail around the coast for a period of three months, between October and December 2019. The R. Tucker Thompson is proud to be participating in this once in a lifetime voyage which commemorates our dual voyaging heritage and looks forward to our shared future.

The Tuia 250 Voyage will take the form of a flotilla of vessels – waka hourua, va’a tipaerua, heritage vessels and their crews sailing to and engaging communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, between October and December 2019. The voyage flotilla will promote the exceptional feats of Pacific, Māori and European voyaging that brought us together, while providing an opportunity to reflect on our complex history of migration and settlement, and a platform for us to think about how we navigate the future together.

The commemoration uses a Māori name (Tuia) and European concept of time and commemoration (Encounters 250). Tuia means ‘to weave or bind together’ and is drawn from a whakataukī (proverb) and karakia (ritual chant) that refers to the intangible bonds established between people when they work together. The logo references waka hourua (double-hulled voyaging canoes) and tall ship rigging, Pacific binding, raranga (weaving), the shape of a hull and the inter-lacing of our dual heritage.