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 prorgramme of art and cultural events with dates and details to be advised soon.