Tuia te muka tangata ki uta

Weaving people together for a shared future

Tuia – Encounters 250 commemoration

This programme of events, education and reflection celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand’s Pacific voyaging heritage and acknowledges the first onshore encounters between Māori and Pākehā in 1769-70. Use Tuia 250 as an opportunity to hold honest conversations about the past, the present, and how we navigate our shared future together.

The Voyage begins

Cast your gaze to Te Moananui-a-Kiwa – the mighty Pacific Ocean – from the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand this October to December, and you’ll be treated to the sight of the Tuia 250 Voyage – a journey of national significance. A flotilla of Pacific, Māori and European sailing vessels showcases the exceptional feats of voyaging that brought us together. 

The Voyage begins in Tahiti on the 19th of August with the launch of the va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite. Using the celestial navigation methods Pacific voyagers have used for thousands of years, the crew will guide the Fa’afaite across more than 4,300 kilometres of open ocean to join the flotilla. Follow the progress of the flotilla on your device with this dynamic GPS and animated tracking technology.


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