Te Au Mārie Charitable Trust

Celebrating Polynesian voyages of discovery

Commemorating the first meetings between Māori and Pākehā

Ipipiri Bay of Islands, 29 November 1769

Tuia 250 is about people and place, what brought us together, what challenges us still, and how we are weaving our differing cultures and values into a future we will be proud to leave for our grand children.



Tuia 250 recognises and commemorates two extraordinary voyaging traditions and cultures – the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers, their non-instrument navigation prowess and their decision to settle in Aotearoa many generations ago.

Tuia 250 also commemorates the feats of European explorers, the technology they developed and their first encounters with the people of this place when James Cook and his crew arrived on the HM Bark Endeavour in October 1769. 

Tuia 250 will acknowledge these pivotal moments and their legacy for our nation. 

Throughout 2019 Taitokerau Northland is hosting a series of community events and experiences to commemorate, celebrate, and explore the multiple histories of our region and this place we call home.

Join us on our journey of exploration and discovery for
Tuia 250 ki Taitokerau.

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...

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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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A job 250 years in the making!

A Northland trust are looking for a versatile General Manager to lead their organisation and the region in a job that’s been 250 years in the making.  2019 will be 250 years since Captain Cook and his Polynesian navigator Tupaia entered New Zealand waters.  The Bay of...

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