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Tupaia's Endeavour Film Screening

Saturday 8 October 2016
War Memorial Theatre

2016 Past Event

6.30pm-8pm Film screening.
8.20pm-9pm Q and A session

Cook arrived in Tahiti. Tupaia stepped on board the Endeavour and sailed into uncharted waters with him. A navigator, diplomat, artist and explorer, it was Tupaia who ensured the success of Cook’s first Pacific voyage. Tupaia’s invaluable contribution to the Endeavour voyage was underplayed in the official re-telling but is highlighted in the journals and oral histories.

The documentary tells the story of Tupaia’s journey on the Endeavour and the first engagements in Tūranganui a Kiwa and Uawa.

The story is told through the voices of those whose ancestors met Cook and Tupaia on the East Coast of Aotearoa. In telling this story, homage is paid to the ancestors of the iwi Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Oneone and Te Aitangaa- Hauiti. The voices of Pacific historian Prof.

Dame Anne Salmond, Tahitian tahua and Pacific voyagers add weight to the wider context.

The screening of the documentary will be followed by a question and answer session comprised of people who contributed to the making of the documentary.