Apply to the Voyage Trainee waitlist
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Applications are now closed, but you can still go on the waitlist for this experience of a lifetime.

New Zealanders can still go on the waitlist to sail aboard a waka hourua, va’a tipaerua, heritage ship or youth ship as a Tuia 250 Voyage Trainee during October to December

Some 450 free trainee berths were opened mid-year to New Zealanders over 16, as well as secondary and Year 10 students nominated by their schools. People from all over the country – including the areas the Flotilla is not visiting – have been given equal opportunity to join the journey.

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage Chief Executive Bernadette Cavanagh says, “The Tuia 250 Voyage Trainee programme is an exciting chance not only to learn about ancient voyaging traditions, sailing and navigation, but also to be part of a commemoration which celebrates New Zealand’s rich voyaging heritage,” Ms Cavanagh says.

Tuia 250 Trainees, including young people nominated through schools, have the chance to have an unforgettable voyaging experience, and at the same time learn about our history and take that back to their communities. I encourage all curious and adventurous New Zealanders to apply for the Tuia 250 Voyage Trainee programme waitlist,” Ms Cavanagh says.

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage is funding the trainee berths, but trainees meet their own travel and accommodation costs before and after sailing. The practical experience and a certificate of participation will help jobseekers after the Voyage.

New Zealanders will be able to follow the trainees on their journey as part of the Tuia 250 Voyage coverage.

Apply to go on the waitlist here.