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Tuia Encounters 250 preparations ramp up

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Te Whanganui o Hei/Mercury Bay is planning an early start to commemorations marking the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand.

Te Whanganui o Hei is one of the four landing sites where Europeans and Maori first met, after the Endeavour first sighted land at Te Kuri o Paoa or Young Nick’s Head on October 4.

A five-day street art festival at Whitianga will kick off in March 4, featuring a series of 12 murals.

During the month, students and teachers from Mercury Bay Area School will participate in a Ngati Hei Cultural Outreach programme to prepare powhiri choreography for the major commemoration ceremony in October.

On April 5 Tola Newbery will perform Apirana Taylor’s one-man play Ka Tito Au: Kupe’s Heroic Journey, which was part of the Waka Odyssey component of last year’s New Zealand Arts Festival in Wellington.

Tuia Encounters 250 commemorations are also being planned in Gisborne, the Bay of Islands and Marlborough.

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