Image is of the Tuia 250 Voyage Flotilla which features six core vessels.
“Tuia 250 acknowledges the stories from those first onshore encounters between Māori and Europeans, both good and bad, so we can learn about our history in a balanced and respectful way,” says Ms Cavanagh.
The Tuia 250 Voyage will include a Flotilla of six core vessels: two waka hourua (double-hulled canoes), a va’a moana from Tahiti, two heritage ships and one youth ship, which will sail together to sites around New Zealand later this year.
“I’m excited to announce the vessels comprising the Tuia 250 Flotilla,” Ms Cavanagh says.
“The waka hourua are Haunui from Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland, and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhitifrom Tauranga. The va’a moana is Fa’afaite i te Ao Mā’ohi and joins the Flotilla from Pape’ete, Tahiti.
“The heritage vessels joining the Flotilla are the HMB Endeavour replica from the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, the Spirit of New Zealand from Tamaki Makaurau / Auckland, and the R. Tucker Thompson from Pēwhairangi / Bay of Islands.
“The Royal New Zealand Navy will be supporting the Voyage with naval vessels at different sites.
“This event will be so much more than simply focussing on what happened in 1769 when James Cook, Tupaia and the Endeavour crew arrived in Aotearoa.
“New Zealanders are ready for and want a balanced, respectful and honest reflection of our journey together from those encounters to now. The Tuia 250 Voyage will provide a framework for this discussion.
“Together we have an opportunity to recognise the extraordinary voyaging traditions and cultures of Te Moana Nui a Kiwa (the Pacific), the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers, their mātauranga (knowledge), innovation and non-instrument navigation prowess and their decision to settle in Aotearoa before European explorers arrived. We will also acknowledge the feats of those European explorers and the technology they developed and mastered in crossing oceans to get here from Europe,” Ms Cavanagh says.
From October to December, the Tuia 250 Voyage will visit sites around Aotearoa New Zealand with significant cultural and historical importance to both Pacific and European voyaging.
“The coming months will provide many opportunities to learn about our dual heritage and think about our future – through regional and national events, activities and by following the Tuia 250 Voyage.
Tuia 250 Voyage schedule
What’s happening at each site
- Opportunities for the public to go on board the vessels
- National Science Technology Roadshow about Pacific and European voyaging
- Pop-up planetarium focusing on celestial navigation
- Activities by waka hourua crew to instruct the public how to use waka sails and build a star compass
- Speaker presentations about the Spirit of New Zealandyouth programmes
- Educational sessions hosted by the HMB Endeavourcrew
- Display of story boards about the R. Tucker Thompson
- Wānanga and educational programme about sustainable oceans
- Regional community events – head to Tuia 250 website for more information, or get in touch with one of the four landing site trusts: www.totaranui250.co.nz, teaumarie1769.org.nz , www.mercury250.org , www.teha2019.co.nz