Te Powhiri Te Whanganui o Hei | Mercury Bay 2019


What is Tuia 250?

Tuia 250 is a national commemoration marking the arrival of the Endeavour and the first encounters between Pakeha and Maori. It aims to encourage discussions and reflections around New Zealand's dual heritage and shared future and also recognises the voyaging feats of both Pacific and European explorers.

What is a Pōwhiri?

The pōwhiri, a central part of Māori protocol, is a ceremony of welcome involving speeches, dancing, singing and hongi. While traditionally used to welcome visitors on to marae - the sacred space or courtyard usually in front of Māori meeting houses - the ceremony is also commonly seen in everyday New Zealand life. Pōwhiri can happen anywhere that tangata whenua (hosts) wish to formally greet manuhiri (visitors). Read more

How can we attend the Pōwhiri at Wharekaho?

Due to minimal space and numbers for the Pōwhiri, we only had limited registrations available for the public to attend. Unfortunately these have all been taken so there is no more access to the Marae grounds. However, you can still come to the north end of Wharekaho Beach and view the Tuia 250 Flotilla free of charge. You are also welcome to follow the hīkoi along the beach to the south end and from there you may view the proceedings either from the beach or from land at the end of Joseph Rd (Leah Rd Reserve for this events purposes). There will be food and coffee carts located in this area for people to purchase lunch and refreshments.

Where can I park at Wharekaho?

There is no parking available at Wharekaho for the public, to help prevent back-log on the main road. All the side roads will be closed and traffic management in place. There will be free shuttle buses running from Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga through to Simpson’s Campground and back, from 9am til 6pm on Friday 18th October. We encourage you to park at the reserve and catch these buses. They will also shuttle from Leah Rd/Joseph Rd from midday. If you are a resident/holiday home owner and will need access to the closed areas over this date, please contact us to arrange for a car pass to be printed for you. 


He rae ki te rae, he ihu ki te ihu,
Te hau ka rere, te ha ka tau

A meeting of peoples, a mixing of cultures,
a blending of heritage, a sharing of future