Tuia Encounters 250 Exhibition

Tuia Encounters 250 Exhibition

The New Zealand Maritime Museum/ Hui Te Ananui a Tangoroa celebrates Aotearoa, New Zealand’s bond with the
sea and stories of discovery, exploration, immigration and sailing.

Home to the world’s greatest maritime pioneers, we tell stories that have defined our identity as New Zealanders.
We are a place of dreams, daring feats, amazing journeys, burning ambition, human endeavour, imagination,
exploration, and courage. From the first discovery by Kupe, to one of the most courageous migrations by the
Polynesian peoples, and then to Abel Tasman and later Captain Cook, our spirit of exploration has been forged
and the boundaries of possibility broken.

The Museum’s mission is to preserve, present, interpret, and celebrate Aotearoa New Zealand’s maritime heritage.
Guiding our decision making are the following principles:

Kaitiakitanga – To strengthen our identity by protecting and sharing Aotearoa New Zealand’s
Nga Taonga o te moana o Tangaroa.

Manaakitanga – Respect and value all of our stories, all of our Taonga Moana and all of our relationships.

Whanaungatanga – Working together to achieve best practice.

Courageous & Curious – To explore, to challenge, to be bold,  to  be  innovative.  Being active and  growing
through curiosity.

Creativity – Being smart and creative.

Integrity – To have integrity in all that we do.


The Tuia Encounters 250 programme acknowledges the pivotal  moment  in  our  nation’s  history,  when
HMS ENDEAVOUR  arrived  in  Aotearoa  New  Zealand,  and  Captain James Cook, Tahitian navigator Tupaia,
and the HMS crew met with some of the first people of this land and sea: Māori.

To  find  out  more  about  the  national Tuia  Encounters  250 programme go to: 


Call for Submissions

The New Zealand Maritime Museum invites submissions from artists interested in contributing to its Tuia Encounters
250 Exhibition, opening October 2019.

The Exhibition aims to manifest a ‘conversation’ by combining artefacts and taonga from (or referencing) 250 years
ago, with academic research and creative responses from the present.

Tertiary students from University of Auckland, Toihoukura EIT and Victoria University are contributing the research relating
to the taonga and artefacts. Selected artists will then respond through the creation of a commissioned work. Through the
exhibition design, the visitor will be given opportunities to add to the conversation, responding to both the artwork and the
taonga or artefact.

This will allow for a range of perspectives on the topic of cross-cultural early encounter – and specifically the experience
in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We have identified six themes within the exhibition that will each have historic artefacts and taonga as the basis for a
creative response.

These themes are:

  • Waka / Seagoing vessels
  • Mahi mahere / Map making
  • Whakaterenga / Navigation
  • He Kai Te Rongoa / Food and medicine
  • Ngā taonga whakarākai tinana / Body adornment (tā moko and kakahu)
  • Waiata / Poetry and music


We invite New Zealand and Pacific artists across the full spectrum of disciplines  (visual, aural, culinary…) to submit
their interest in participating.


How to submit

Artist submissions can be completed in the form below.

For more information about what to expect, including key dates, remuneration and selection process,
you can view the supporting document here.


Artist Expression of Interest

ARTIST ACKNOWLEDGEMENT - To be considered to develop a work for this exhibition, you are required to meet the following requirements: