First Encounters 250 commemoration launched

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Minister of Arts and Culture

Headline: First Encounters 250 commemoration launched

Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced a national commemoration to mark the 250th anniversary of the first encounters between Māori and Europeans.

In October 2019, First Encounters 250 will commemorate the early meeting of Māori and Europeans during James Cook’s 1769 voyage to New Zealand.

“Through the Major Events Development Fund, the Government has committed $3.5 million towards a commemorative voyage around New Zealand by a flotilla including a replica of the Endeavour,” Ms Barry says.

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