Join the Journey – Tuia 250 Voyage Trainee applications now open

MCH Media Release 27th May 2019

New Zealanders will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the Tuia 250 Voyage and to sail aboard waka hourua (double-hulled canoes), va’a moana, heritage and youth ships as part of a flotilla, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage Chief Executive Bernadette Cavanagh announced today.

“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, will be given 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,” Ms Cavanagh says.

The programme has spots available for 450 New Zealanders, 220 of those will be allocated by region to ensure this is an opportunity open to all. There are also berths available for 230 students aged 14 – 18. Schools will nominate students for three types of voyages.

The Tuia 250 Voyage will travel to 15 sites around the country from October to December this year. Voyage legs range from overnight to 15 days.

Applications close on 23 June at 10pm.

Learn More and apply here now!

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Polynesians imagined a world where “people didn’t move”, but the “world moved around them”, Eckstein said.

Tuia 250 Voyage Flotilla Announced

Tuia 250 Voyage Flotilla Announced Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage Chief Executive Bernadette Cavanagh announced today the core vessels that will take part in the Tuia – Encounters 250 national commemoration.  . Image is of the Tuia 250 Voyage Flotilla...




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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





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