Who’s Involved?


Representatives of the regional trusts and from Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Education and the Department of Conservation sit on the National Coordinating Committee, which is co-chaired by Dame Jenny Shipley and Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr.

This group is responsible for connecting commemorative activity regionally and nationally, to ensure a cohesive and coordinated programme.


Dame Jenny Shipley is a Director, speaker, patron and mentor. She was New Zealand’s first woman Prime Minister from 1997 to 1999 and held a number of senior Ministerial positions in preceding years. In 2002 she retired from politics and returned to work in the business and community sectors.  Dame Jenny has a strong personal interest in New Zealand’s history, our dual heritage and in exploring ways to bring the Treaty to life. She is passionate about supporting and working with leaders who are committed to advancing inclusion, who value and respect diversity and who have the courage and competence to lead in shaping the future of their communities and their country.

Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, of Tainui descent, is the kaihautū/kaitiaki (guardian) of the oceangoing waka Haunui. Hoturoa has been sailing Te Moana nui a Kiwa (the Pacific Ocean) for over thirty-five years and gained experience with master navigator Mau Piailug, and has worked alongside Hekenukumai Puhipi, Nainoa Thompson, Clay Bertlemann and other navigators of the Pacific .  He lectured at Waikato University for almost twenty years.  More recently he has specialised in education and leadership programmes that use waka as a platform for learning and development. Hoturoa co-authored the book, Wayfinding Leadership: Ground-breaking Wisdom for Developing Leaders and has written many other publications on waka navigation, safety and knowledge. In 2016 he won the Te Tohu Toi Kē a Te Waka Toi award, in recognition of his leadership and contribution to Māori arts.  Hoturoa was one of the directors of A Waka Odyssey, the major Voyaging event that opened the New Zealand Festival in February 2018.

 Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage is the government agency leading work on Tuia 250, in partnership with iwi, central and local government agencies, regional trusts and a number of other stakeholders.