French Polynesia's leader in NZ for 'Tuia 250'

4:36 pm on 4 October 2019

French Polynesia's President is visiting the New Zealand town of Gisborne to mark the Tuia 250 commemorations.

French Polynesia President Edouard Fritch meets NZ PM Jacinda Ardern

Edouard Fritch with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo: RNZ / Mani Dunlop

Edouard Fritch was invited to New Zealand in recognition of French Polynesian voyager Tupaia's mediator role between Māori communities and the Endeavour crew during James Cook's first visit to New Zealand in 1769.

French Polynesian voyaging canoe - the Fa'afaite - is also part of the Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla.

Mr Fritch is accompanied by a delegation including Speaker of the Assembly of French Polynesia Gaston Tong Sang and Minister of Culture and Environment Heremoana Maamaatuaiahutapu.

While in Gisborne he has met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Here's a full list of all the events at Tuia 250 ki Tūranga.