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.
This is a time to share, debate and reflect – to enable a more balanced telling of our stories, so that we speak openly and respectfully about our history. Use Tuia 250 as an opportunity to hold some honest conversations about Māori and European settlement of New Zealand to guide us as we go forward together.
The main components of the national programme will be:
The Tuia 250 Voyage will see a flotilla of vessels, including waka hourua, va’a tipaerua, heritage vessels and their crews voyaging to and engaging communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Tuia 250 Voyage 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.