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.
LATEST TUIA 250 NEWS
The voyaging waka Fa’afaite with a crew of 15 is set to leave on an epic journey to join the Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla.read more
Singer Ria Hall says that ‘it’s fitting to be performing at an event which commemorates our unique tales of arrival.’read more
Listen to a podcast about the Tuia 250 commemorations, featuring Dame Anne Salmond.read more