17 Sep 2019

Gisborne iwi refuse to hold powhiri for Endeavour replica

From Checkpoint, 5:42 pm on 17 September 2019

Four major iwi in Gisborne are refusing to hold a powhiri for a fleet of tall ships, including a replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour, when it arrives in Poverty bay next month.

The vessels are set to sail around the country as part of Tuia 250, a national commemoration marking 250 years since Cook's arrival in Aotearoa.

The move comes after Far North iwi Ngati Kahu banned the fleet from landing in Mangonui.

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui reports.