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Welcome to Tuia – Encounters 250


Jack Thatcher’s Story

On the maiden voyage of the Te Aurere to Rarotonga in 1992, Jack Thatcher was a bug-eyed 30-year-old seeking adventure.

He’d never sailed a traditional seafaring waka before. Today he’s clocked up roughly 60–70,000 nautical miles by traditional means and has students to whom he’s passing on his knowledge.

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Voyaging from the past into the future

“I once read a book by Elsdon Best where he disputed the traditional navigation techniques that guided Polynesian migratory travel throughout the Pacific. I recall thinking at the time, ‘I’m going to prove you’re wrong’, and we have.”

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Sail on Pumaiterangi

#WIN a chance to sail on the waka Pumaiterangi in the Wellington Harbour next week during kapahaka festival Te Matatini ki te Ao 2019

Voyaging is a key theme of the Tuia 250 commemoration. That’s why we’re giving away two chances to go on a sailing from Oriental Bay with a friend – thanks to Te Toki Waka Hourua

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tuia 250 commemoration

In 2019, Aotearoa New Zealand will acknowledge 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans. Tuia – Encounters 250 (Tuia 250) is the national commemoration that recognises this milestone in our history.

This is a time to share, debate and reflect – to enable a more balanced telling of our stories, so that we speak openly and respectfully about our history. Use Tuia 250 as an opportunity to hold some honest conversations about Māori and European settlement of New Zealand to guide us as we go forward together.

tuia 250 voyage

The Tuia 250 Voyage will see a flotilla of vessels, including waka hourua, va’a tipaerua, heritage vessels and their crews voyaging to and engaging communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. The Tuia 250 Voyage will promote the exceptional feats of Pacific, Māori and European voyaging that brought us together, while providing an opportunity to reflect on our complex history of migration and settlement, and a platform for us to think about how we navigate the future together. 

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Sestercentennial Trusts



Tūranganui-a-Kiwa Gisborne

Ūawa Tolaga Bay

Whitianga Mercury Bay

Tamaki Makaurau Auckland


Pēwhairangi Bay of Islands

Te Aurere Doubtless Bay

Waikawa Picton


Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington

Whakaraupō Lyttleton