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Waka: connecting the ocean with Aotearoa New Zealand’s history

If thou art asked in the spirit-land

To recite thy genealogy

Thou shalt reply

I am but a child

A child of little knowledge

Yet this have I heard

Tainui, Te Arawa, Mataatua

Kurahaupo and Tokomaru

These were the canoes of my ancestors

In which they paddled

Across the Great Ocean of Kiwa

Stretched before them.

Ngāti Raukawa chant, cited in Ranginui Walker, Ka whawahi tonu mātou: struggle without end

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HERE: Kupe to Cook exhibition

Creative responses to the Tuia Encounters 250 kaupapa have come from all sorts of places and spaces. Protest, tautoko, questioning, are all occurring around the motu as the replica Endeavour, waka and vaka travel the country during 2019.

The HERE: Kupe to Cook exhibition at Pātaka Art Gallery and Museum in Porirua, Wellington from 11 August to 23 November 2019 marks 250 years since James Cook's arrival in Aotearoa with an exploration of the voyagers who were first to come here — Polynesian and European navigators.

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Tuia – Encounters 250

2019 marks the ‘sestercentennial’ (250th anniversary) of the first meetings between Māori and Europeans following the arrival of James Cook and the Endeavour at Tūranga (Gisborne) in early October 1769. A national commemoration, Tuia – Encounters 250, will acknowledge this pivotal moment in our nation’s history and the extraordinary feats of the Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa centuries earlier.

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