Towards the Te Ha celebrations

NZ Heritage Trust's Andrew Coleman. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

CHIEF executive of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, Andrew Coleman, met with Te Ha Sestercentennial Trust members and Tairawhiti Navigations Project representatives last week to offer a commitment to a partnership.

The focus of the meeting was to see what Heritage NZ could do for the 2019 commemorations of first formal contact between tangata whenua and Europeans with the arrival of Lieutenant James Cook in 1769.

Titirangi (Kaiti Hill) could be considered a heritage landmark of national significance, for instance, he said.

“Te Ha and the Tairawhiti Navigations Project is looking at connecting local sites that tell the iwi stories about what was happening here before Cook’s landing, what took place then and what could be commemorated in 2019.”

CHIEF executive of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, Andrew Coleman, met with Te Ha Sestercentennial Trust members and Tairawhiti Navigations Project representatives last week to offer a commitment to a partnership.

The focus of the meeting was to see what Heritage NZ could do for the 2019 commemorations of first formal contact between tangata whenua and Europeans with the arrival of Lieutenant James Cook in 1769.

Titirangi (Kaiti Hill) could be considered a heritage landmark of national significance, for instance, he said.

“Te Ha and the Tairawhiti Navigations Project is looking at connecting local sites that tell the iwi stories about what was happening here before Cook’s landing, what took place then and what could be commemorated in 2019.”

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