Te Pōwhiri - Te Whanganui o Hei | Mercury Bay
18th October 2019 - 10:00am: Te Pōwhiri is to acknowledge & commemorate that first friendly encounter between Ngāti Hei and European 250 years ago.
The Tuia Stage
19th October 2019 - 10:00am: 12 hour free outdoor event, featuring local poets, storytellers and musicians
Ngāti Hei Tikanga Programme for Schools
Pupils and staff have the opportunity to learn Kapa Haka (Traditional Song & Dance) and Rananga (Traditional Māori Weaving) to showcase during October's commemorative event
Mercury Bay 'Dusk til Dawn' - Photography Exhibition
1st to 31st October - 9am: Back in August this year Whitianga Camera Club had its inaugural exhibition at Lotus Realm, Thames. The theme was ‘Dusk to Dawn’.
Twelve Days - 1769 Exhibition
1st October 2019 - 10:00am: ‘Twelve Days – 1769’ is those momentous events as noted by Cook and Banks in their journals and the traditional oral history of Ngāti Hei.
15th to 28th October - 10:00am: Three exhibitions are being presented by newly formed art group NgArti in the pop up gallery space ArtStation, formerly the Whitianga Fire Station on Monk Street.
Ko te Rangatahi o te Tara - Kapa Haka Festival
16th October 2019 - 9:00am: A whole day whanau experience for all of our schools across our peninsula
Whitianga River Row
17th to 20th October - 10:00am: NZ Coastal rowing intends to take part in the 250th celebrations in Whitianga Coromandel, marking the arrival of Captain Cook and the Bark Endeavour to New Zealand in 1769.
Cooks Beach "Beach Call"
18th October 2019 - 8:00am: Watch the replica HMB Endeavour and Fa'afaite i te Ao Mā'ohi sail past
Tuia 250 Voyage Flotilla - Mercury Bay
18th October 2019 - 8:00am: The Tuia 250 flotilla of waka and heritage ships is scheduled to arrive in Te Whanganui o Hei early on the morning of Friday 18 October.
Conversations at the Cooks Beach Hall
18th October 2019 - 7:30pm: Special guests talk in detail about the 12 days Cook spent in Te Whanganui o Hei
19th to 20th October 2019 - 10:00am: Various educational and interactive areas surrounding Pacific and European sea voyaging
Raranga Taura Here Community Arts Project "Star Waka"
19th to 20th October 2019 - 10:00am: 12 Coromandel Master Weavers present a contemporary exhibition, demonstration and wānanga
Tuia Matauranga Roadshow
19th to 21st October 2019 - 10am to 4pm: As part of the Tuia Mātauranga Education Programme, the free roadshow will provide an interactive and immersive experience suitable for all ages.
Tuia 250 Art Exhibition
19th to 28th October 2019 - 10:00am: Whitianga Art Centre and Gallery Combined Exhibition
Tuia 250 Race
19th October 2019 - 10:00am: A fun race around the anchored heritage ships and back
Movie Day at the Cooks Beach Hall
19th October 2019 - 1:00pm: Public screening of the "12 Days" DVD
Sailing the Endeavour at the Cooks Beach Hall
19th October 2019 - 4:00pm: Informal presentation about Miriam Dawson's voyage on the replica HMB Endeavour
MBBC - Te Whanganui o Hei Race
20th October - 10:00am: As part of the activities surrounding the Tuia 250 celebrations, the Mercury Bay Boating Club is holding a sailing race on Sunday, 20 October 2019, followed by a social and BBQ
Purangi Heritage Project
20th October 2019 - 11:00am:
Te Mahutatanga o Takero - Mercury Rising
9th to 12th November 2019 - 10:00am: a programme of science activities which will utilise a rare transit of Mercury across the sun that coincides with the timing of Cook’s observation of the same event.
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