The Tuia 250 ki Tōtaranui Marlborough commemorations.  Ships Cove


We are very much looking forward to welcoming the Tuia 250 flotilla of historic vessels to Marlborough in November 2019. 


At this stage I can offer the following draft plans. Please note that the Trust cannot yet publicly announce the names of the vessels that will be in our region, as this information has not been released by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. 


Thurs 21 November – Meretoto/Ship Cove.   Pōhiri with invited guests only

Fri 22 November – Waitohi/Picton. Community welcome. Rest day for crew

Sat 23 November – Waitohi/Picton. Open day for the public to visit and learn more about the vessels. Free public event in the evening featuring lights and music.

Sun 24 November - Waitohi/Picton. Open day for the public to visit and learn more about the vessels.

Mon 25 November - Waitohi/Picton. School visits. Limited public access to vessels.


Ngā mihi

New Zealand Terra Australia Conference  15-17 November 2019

New Zealand Conference November 2019


New Zealand Captain Cook Society will be having a national conference in partnership with the New Zealand Antarctic Society  to be held in Auckland 14-17 November 2019.  These dates were chosen to avoid the key 250 commemorations (it is between the dates Cook was at Mercury Bay and the Bay of Islands) and also the HMB Endeavour replica, Waka and sailing fleet that will be travelling around NZ between Oct-Dec; also it is the time, 250 years earlier when Cook was sailing in Tikapa Moana (Hauraki Gulf).  We had realised that an undertaking of this nature was beyond our current capability but we have achieved this by partnering with the New Zealand Antarctic Society and the Friends of the RNZN Museum Trust.  The conference will be held at the Navy Museum (Torpedo Bay), Devonport Navy Base (Navy Marae, Chapel, Seminar Centre and Wardroom) and the National Maritime Museum.  Final costs and associated aspects will be finalised in January but CCS membership will entitle you to a discount for the conference.  We have aligned the conference theme will the national approach taken with Tuia – Encounters 250 which includes “Dual Heritage – Shared Future” and a focus on Polynesian/Maori navigation and discovery; accordingly the Conference Title will be: “Terra Australis – Whenua-ki-te-Tonga” (e.g. Southern Lands) and will focus on the Polynesian and European geographical voyaging and discovery in the Southern Pacific up to the Endeavour voyage.  This will allow for a broad range of topics to be covered and when the registration forms are sent out later in early 2019, so too will a call for speakers.  While much of the foundation work for the conference has been undertaken there is a need for ongoing CCS involvement throughout 2019.

After starting a conversation about nationhood, Tuia 250 ki Turanga has sailed its way into the national history books, showing New Zealand the value of manaakitanga and sharing stories, organisers say.

Te Ha Trust general manager Glenis Philip-Barbara said the event had been enormously satisfying for all.

“Everyone involved worked their hearts out and in the end both visitors to our region and our own community had a chance to be a part of something truly historic.

“We discovered superstars in our midst, who live the kaupapa of ‘Tuia te muka tangata’ (which is a recognition of our shared humanity) and were instrumental in supporting our community to embrace Tuia 250 in a way that feels right for them.”

That was reiterated by Tamsin Evans, deputy chief executive of Tuia Encounters 250 for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

“We salute the Turanga/Gisborne community for its fantastic launch of the Tuia 250 Voyage. We also want to thank our partners the Te Ha Trust for their brilliant delivery of their phenomenal Tuia 250 ki Turanga programme, which provided so many rich opportunities to engage with the Tuia 250 kaupapa.”

Ms Evans felt it had been the best possible start to the Tuia 250 Voyage.

“There have been so many opportunities for people to engage with the kaupapa here. We have had an incredible celebration of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Pacific voyaging heritage, beginning with the arrival of the three voyaging waka on Saturday. On Tuesday, we welcomed the arrival of the three tall ships, and the civic ceremony by Gisborne District Council and Te Ha was such a fitting and reverent acknowledgement of the first onshore encounters between Maori and Pakeha 250 years ago.”

Official greeting at Marae Moana

Conference attendees

Final Dinner HMNZ



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