Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

First Encounter 375 (1642-2017) - Remembering When Two Worlds Met

First Encounter 375 (1642-2017) - Remembering When Two Worlds Met

December this year marks the 375th anniversary of the first encounter between Maori and European explorers.

The commemoration of that 1642 encounter between Dutch explorer Abel Tasman and the then local iwi will be celebrated in Golden Bay/Mohua over four days in mid-December. It is probably the first time in 375 years that representatives of all groups have been in that original location at the same time.

Over 16-19 December a variety of formal and informal activities are planned celebrating both cultures. Local school students are already involved in making traditional Maori flutes (koauau) and a cardboard replica of Tasman's "small boat".

The hub of the commemoration will be Pohara Hall, close to the official Tasman Monument, and Golden Bay/Mohua's Onetahua Marae, where manawhenua iwi (Ngati Rarua, Ngati Tama, Te Atiawa) will welcome the official party at a powhiri.

Special visitors will include descendants of Ngati Tumatakokiri, the iwi who met Tasman in 1642. Unfortunately a lack of a shared understanding or language resulted in conflict that saw the voyagers driven away after the death of four sailors, one taken ashore whose fate is not known.

Also present will be the Dutch Ambassador and a party from Grootegast, near the birthplace of Abel Tasman, with whom the Tasman District shares a sister city relationship.

Tasman District Mayor Richard Kempthorne says it is appropriate the Council is a major supporter of the commemoration, "Our district is where the very first encounter between tangata whenua and people of another race took place. It's reflected in our name, and in the name of Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand's most popular great walk."


Facebook:

First Encounter 375

Web:

www.abeltasman.org.nz


ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: Roddy Doyle's Grim and Gritty Rosie

Although it was completed over two years ago, Roddy Doyle's first original screenplay in over eighteen years has only just arrived in New Zealand. It's been well worth the wait. More>>

Howard Davis: Naming Names - The Personal History of David Copperfield

Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Armando Iannucci has re-imagined Charles Dickens’ tribute to grit and perseverance through the comedic lens of colour-blind casting, giving the narrative new life for a woke age. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 


 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland