A key moment in Aotearoa's history will be recreated on Tuesday with the arrival in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa (Poverty Bay) of a replica of Captain Cook's Endeavor.
The ship will not be met by a ship, as decided by local iwi.
However, iwi will come together at 6am for a karakia to acknowledge their tīpuna who were killed in the first encounters with Cook.
The flotilla will arrive at 8am.
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