July 30, 2018
Tuia flotilla to visit 19 centres
Another $3.5 million has been added to the pot for the Tuia – Encounters 250 commemorations to mark 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans.
Acting Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni says the arrival of James Cook and Tahitian chief and navigator Tupaia on the Endeavour in 1769 was a pivotal moment in the nation’s history, but the extraordinary feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier will also be marked.
The additional funding will support a national voyaging event from October to December 2019 in which a flotilla vessels including waka hourua, a Tahitian vaka, tall ships and the New Zealand Navy will visit up to 19 communities around the country.
Up to 600 young people will have the opportunity to be involved while the vessels are at sea, and there will be both a national education programme for schools, led by the Ministry of Education, and a supporting community education programme.
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