|Kia whakarongo ake au||I listen|
|Ki te tangi a te manu nei||To the cry of the bird|
|A te Mātūī||The Mātūī|
|“Tūī, tūī, tuituia”||Calling “tūī, tūī, tuituia”|
|Tuia i runga||That it be woven above|
|Tuia i raro||As it is below|
|Tuia i waho||Woven without|
|Tuia i roto||As it is within|
|Tuia i te here tāngata||Interwoven with the threads of humanity|
|Ka rongo te pō||Felt in innocence|
|Ka rongo te ao||And in consciousness|
|Tuia i te muka tāngata||Intertwined with the threads of humankind|
|I takea mai i Hawaiki-Nui||Born from Great-Hawaiki|
|I Hawaiki-Roa, i Hawaiki-Pāmamao||From Far-Hawaiki, from Long-Distant-Hawaiki|
|Oti rā me ērā atu anō Hawaiki||And hence all other Hawaiki|
|Te hono a wairua||The merging of spirits|
|Whakaputa ki Te Whaiao||Out in to the World of Light|
|Ki Te Ao Mārama||Life, knowledge, and illumination|
|Tihe mauri ora!||Sneeze oh living spirit, dynamic life-force, life-principle!|
The commemoration will mark the first onshore encounters between Māori and Europeans during the first voyage of James Cook and the HMS Endeavour in 1769 to Aotearoa New Zealand.
The commemoration is about also telling the stories and histories of the Māori communities who had been established in Aotearoa for hundreds of years and had voyaging traditions of their own.
Tuia 250 will be an opportunity to recognise these exceptional feats of Pacific / Māori and European voyaging that brought us together, to reflect on our history of migration and settlement, and discuss the kind of nation we want for the future.
- Dual Heritage, Shared Future –presenting a balanced and honest history to better understand each other, and build a strong foundation for a shared future
- The meeting of two great voyaging traditions (Pacific and European)
- 1000 years of Pacific voyaging and celestial navigation
- Science, technology, innovation and mātauranga Māori
- Creating legacies for all New Zealanders.
A Māori man and Joseph Banks exchanging a crayfish for a piece of cloth, drawing by Tupaia, c. 1769. Source : Wikipedia
Updated on 22nd February 2018