Te Hā 1769 Sestercentennial Trust

Volunteers formed this community-led trust in 2013 to commemorate the 250th anniversary, in October 2019, of the first formal meetings between Māori and Europeans, and the Endeavour arriving in Aotearoa.

Te Aturangi Nepia-Clamp and James Blackburne Hongi

James Blackburne and Te Aturangi Nepia-Clamp greet each other.

Te Hā means the sharing of breath, which is part of the traditional Māori greeting of pressing noses, known as the hongi.

Breath was shared when the Endeavour’s captain James Cook and a local man “saluted by pressing noses” on a boundary marker rock in the Tūranganui River.

This occasion is recognised as the first formal meeting between Māori and European.

Te Hā – and the practice of sharing breath – brings us together. It allows us to acknowledge the past while creating a future together.