Aug. 16, 2019, 3:51 p.m.
In October, Aotearoa will acknowledge 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans. Tuia 250 is the national commemoration that recognises this milestone in our country's history.
The facilitators of Tuia 250 see this as an opportunity to hold honest conversations about both Māori and European settlement of Aotearoa New Zealand as well as tell the stories of those early engagements through the local regional communities as it happened 250 years ago.
A key part of Tuia 250 is the Voyage. For the Tai Tokerau leg of the voyage there will be a flotilla of waka hourua including Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Haunui also the European tall ships HMB Endeavour and R. Tucker Thompson will sail around the coast in October.
Whangārei have planned a mass haka pōwhiri and activities for the arrival of the flotilla and at Waitangi has planned a fleet of waka taua that will greet the flotilla in remembrance of the 300 strong waka that greeted the Endeavour 250 years ago.
The Tuia 250 Voyage ki Te Tai Tokerau has so far confirmed stops in Whangārei Port Nikau with activities at Hihiaua Peninsula, Pewhairangi, Bay of Islands, Opua and TiTii Marae at Waitangi and further up to Doubtless Bay stopping at Taipa and Aurere as homage to Tā Hekenukumai Puhipi.