June 06, 2018
Shared landing sites add depth to Cook commemoration
Early Polynesian voyagers are sharing the billing in next year's commemorations of the first meetings between Maori and Europeans in Aotearoa.
Jane Hindle, the chair of Te Au Marie 1769 Trust which is coordinating Tuia – Encounters 250 events in Taitokerau, says since not everyone celebrates the arrival of Captain Cook, there will be an attempt to balance the storytelling.
That means looking at the country's thousand year voyaging traditions, and the places of other first arrivals.
"There are a number of really early landfall sites – down in the Marlborough Sounds, up in the north at Mangahawea and also Turanganui a Kiwa which were early waka arrivals which just tells us the voyaging to New Zealand from European came following similar routes," Ms Hindle says.
A national flotilla of historic and contemporary vessels will gather in Turanga in October 2019 and the tour sites of significance around New Zealand, reaching the Bay of Islands in November.
Copyright © 2018, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com