Te Au Mārie 1769 Sestercentennial Charitable Trust

Celebrating Polynesian voyages of discovery

Commemorating the first meetings between Māori and Pākehā

Ipipiri Bay of Islands, 29 November 1769

I have named it the Bay of Islands


Lieutentant James Cook

Master, HM Bark Endeavour

29 November 1769

In November 1769, the Endeavour reached the Bay of Islands, having turned back from the Cavalli Islands due bad weather. Once they were anchored between Motuarohia and Orakawa Peninsula, approximately thirty seven large and small canoes carrying 300-400 people crowded around the ship.

On board the Endeavour was not just Cook, the various Scientists and his crew, but also the Polynesian tohunga, a high priest navigator called Tupaia. This was the first time that European cartography and Polynesian navigational skills had come together, the first time that the two worlds met.

Sculpture journey about to begin

The journey James Cook and his Polynesian navigator Tupaia made nearly 250 years ago is the inspiration behind the theme of this year’s Whangarei Sculpture Symposium.  The sculpture which best depicts the ‘journey’ theme will be unveiled as part of the region’s 2019...

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Rediscovering Cook’s visit to the Bay

History lovers are getting a jump start on Tuia – Encounters 250 commemorations with a day sailing and exploring sites from Lt Cook’s visit to the Bay of Islands 249 years ago. The day sail on March 17th on the tall ship, R. Tucker Thompson, follows a map of the parts...

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Celebrating a pivotal moment in history

Prime Minister and Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern has today announced the appointment of Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr as co-chair of the Tuia 250 National Coordinating Committee commemorations. “Tuia Encounters 250 was established in May 2017 to mark...

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160 year wait over

More than 200 people attended the ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the flagstaff in Kororāreka Russell on Monday.  Among them was the Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy – the first crown representative to officially acknowledge the flagstaff (pou kara) at...

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Te Kuku or "Otegoowgoow', son of a chief on Motuarohia