New history truck brings learning to life for New Zealanders

New Zealand history is officially on the move.

The Prime Minister opened an educational truck in Gisborne on Sunday, a new history resource that will travel the country.

It's the latest chapter in the Tuia 250 commemorations, marking the first encounter between Captain Cook and Māori 250 years ago.

Everyone was welcome to listen and to learn. Jacinda Ardern was there too, listening alongside the young to what makes New Zealand history so unique.

It was a Sunday spent getting up close and personal with the three waka that on Saturday were welcomed into the bay in an extraordinary fashion after sailing thousands and thousands of miles.

Hoturoa Kerr is a student of master navigator Sir Hec Busby and is proud to be sharing that legacy with all New Zealanders.

"Anybody who wants to be part of Aotearoa, they need to have this type of experience," he says.

"For people to walk on something that falls out of a period of myth and legend for some people, to make it a realisation of what these people have done, that's a great thing."

The Tuia 250 commemorations are all about education and making New Zealand history as accessible as possible for all Kiwis, but particularly our tamariki.

Part of that is the launch of the new education truck. It will follow the flotilla and stop in at 24 sites around the country along the way.

"Things like this truck, it also brings that history to life and does it in a new and exciting way, it's not just from textbooks," Ardern says.

And already, it's working.

"It's cool to have different cultures and different ways of learning," one person told Newshub.

Weaving our cultures together - one story and one history lesson at a time.