Hauiti to unveil plans for commemorations

Presentation to be held next week.

Presentation to be held next week.

A presentation that outlines Tolaga Bay-Uawa’s plans for 2019 commemorations of Hauiti iwi’s experience of 1769 encounters with explorer Lieutenant James Cook, Tahitian navigator Tupaia and the crew of the Endeavour will be held next week.

The presentation is at Hauiti Marae on Wednesday.

The Tolaga Bay-Uawa story of those encounters is different from other communities’ experience, says Te Ahika Te Aitanga a Hauiti chairman Victor Walker.

“The great thing is every community has a story to be told. First Encounters 250 offers every iwi and every community the opportunity to tell their story.

“Tupaia shared stories about the Endeavour with us. Then they were gone and we carried on with our story.”

The Tolaga Bay-Uawa story commemorated in 2019 will embrace more than its first encounters in 1769 with the crew of the Endeavour.

“Uawa was a place of first encounters for our ancestors who arrived from Hawaiiki. Uawa became an area where they would meet and discuss their journey here, and established a home here for themselves.

“This is our story. Somewhere in the story, for six days in 1769, we welcomed another story. We shared our narrative together, particularly with Tupaia.”

Tolaga Bay-Uawa’s engagement with 2019 commemorations began in 2004 when Tolaga Bay Area School students won a transit of Venus video competition run by the Royal Society.

The students visited the coastal Yorkshire town of Whitby to view the first transit of Venus since 1882 and sailed on a replica of the Endeavour.

Another group of Tolaga Bay Area school students visited Tahiti, home of Tupaia.

“That gave us an opportunity to tell our story, which is what our approach to 2019 is all about in terms of the ‘dual heritage, shared future’ philosophy,” said Mr Walker.

“What is important is everybody should be able to celebrate their own aspirations around nationhood.”

n The Te Ahika committee will outline plans for Te Aitanga a Hauiti iwi and the community’s plans for First Encounters 250 commemorations at Hauiti Marae on Wednesday from 6pm.

A presentation that outlines Tolaga Bay-Uawa’s plans for 2019 commemorations of Hauiti iwi’s experience of 1769 encounters with explorer Lieutenant James Cook, Tahitian navigator Tupaia and the crew of the Endeavour will be held next week.

The presentation is at Hauiti Marae on Wednesday.

The Tolaga Bay-Uawa story of those encounters is different from other communities’ experience, says Te Ahika Te Aitanga a Hauiti chairman Victor Walker.

“The great thing is every community has a story to be told. First Encounters 250 offers every iwi and every community the opportunity to tell their story.

“Tupaia shared stories about the Endeavour with us. Then they were gone and we carried on with our story.”

The Tolaga Bay-Uawa story commemorated in 2019 will embrace more than its first encounters in 1769 with the crew of the Endeavour.

“Uawa was a place of first encounters for our ancestors who arrived from Hawaiiki. Uawa became an area where they would meet and discuss their journey here, and established a home here for themselves.

“This is our story. Somewhere in the story, for six days in 1769, we welcomed another story. We shared our narrative together, particularly with Tupaia.”

Tolaga Bay-Uawa’s engagement with 2019 commemorations began in 2004 when Tolaga Bay Area School students won a transit of Venus video competition run by the Royal Society.

The students visited the coastal Yorkshire town of Whitby to view the first transit of Venus since 1882 and sailed on a replica of the Endeavour.

Another group of Tolaga Bay Area school students visited Tahiti, home of Tupaia.

“That gave us an opportunity to tell our story, which is what our approach to 2019 is all about in terms of the ‘dual heritage, shared future’ philosophy,” said Mr Walker.

“What is important is everybody should be able to celebrate their own aspirations around nationhood.”

n The Te Ahika committee will outline plans for Te Aitanga a Hauiti iwi and the community’s plans for First Encounters 250 commemorations at Hauiti Marae on Wednesday from 6pm.

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