History is a funny old thing. One person's discovery is another's invasion. One person's explorer is another's murderer. Which version of events gains prominence usually comes down to who had the best weapons and who got to tell the story afterwards.

This year, we are set to celebrate the beginning of the invasion of Aotearoa. With more than $20 million allocated to commemorating Captain James Cook's arrival in New Zealand 250 years ago, the celebration – dubbed Tuia Encounters 250 – includes a replica of the Endeavour retracing Cook's journey around New Zealand. Or, to look at it another