News and updates
June 2016 -
Mercury Bay confirmed to host the replica of the HMS Endeavour in October 2019.
March 2015 -
A national hui was hosted by the Te Ha Trust, Gisborne to discuss the planning around the regions and find common ground for commemorations. Representatives from the Mercury Bay 250 Trust attended and several national strategic themes were passed including;
Te Ha (sharing breath and winds that brought voyagers to NZ)
Voyages, journeys of discovery over time (navigation, science, botany, matauranga)
First meetings (on land and sea)
History, education and knowledge - sharing stories leading to understanding
Reconciliation and healing.
Commemoration and celebration
Legacies to protect and conserve legacies of the past to inform the new
Dual heritage - shared future (Te Katoa)
A national coordination group with support from central government has been endorsed. It's anticipated that there will be representatives from all regional coordinating groups for the Endeavour landfall sites, which includes:
Mercury Bay (Thames-Coromandel District)
Bay of Island
Queen Charlotte Sound (Marlborough District Council, iwi and community groups)
Tairawhiti (Te Ha 1769 Sestercentennial Trust) Gisborne.
A further $5 million has been committed by Government over the next two years for the First Encounters 250 commemoration which will include a focus on Captain Cook’s landing at Mercury Bay on the Coromandel, it was announced this week.
Planning for the 250th Anniversary of Lieutenant James Cook's arrival in New Zealand in 1769 are gathering momentum. The 2019 remembrance will be a shared Maori and Pakeha experience – celebrating the coming together of two peoples of differing backgrounds and beliefs.
The Mercury Bay Museum has on display a facsimile of the Maori version of the Treaty. The original English and Maori versions are held in safe keeping at the national archives in Wellington
The 6th of October 1769 arrival in New Zealand of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour under the command of Lieutenant James Cook was unique in the sense that the vessel was crewed by more than just British subjects.