Te Hā 1769 - 2019 Sestercentennial

October 2019

In October 2019, our region will launch First Encounters 250, the national commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the Endeavour and the first meetings between tangata whenua and those on board.

Tairāwhiti Gisborne has for many years commemorated this anniversary – the first coming together of those who arrived and settled in Aotearoa from the Pacific, and those who travelled from Europe. 

In preparation for the international-scale events of 2019, we will this year host a programme of art and cultural events between Friday 6 October and Sunday 15 October. The programme begins with the Te Hā Art Award and exhibition opening on the Friday evening, and will feature the Māori Sidesteps and a range of family-friendly art and cultural events.