About the Tuia 250 Flotilla

Fa’afaite I Te Ao Maohi

a vessel from Tahiti representing the origin of our Pacific people, as well as representing Tupaia as an important navigator on the Endeavour’s journey to Aotearoa and communicator between Māori and Cook.

This vessel is the main asset of Fa’afaite-Tahiti Voyaging Society, a non-profit organization created in 2009. Its goal: to help the renewal of ancestral navigation, without instrument. Fa’afaite means reconciliation, which reflects our desire to reconcile man with nature, his culture and his ancestral roots. The organisation is part of a local network, bringing together more than 20 cultural and environmental protection associations.

Vessel name

Fa’afaite – from the Tahiti Voyaging Society – travelling from Pape’ete, Tahiti return

Gross tonnage

14 tons

Full dimensions

Length: 22m   Beam: 6.5m  Draft: 2.10m

Year built

2009 (TBC)

Flag

Cook Islands

Certifying authority/class

Novelship/Recreational vessel

 

220v AC

WAKA HOURUA

Waka hourua represent Māori and their voyaging and trading capability, where they came and went from New Zealand, the great fleets, and subsequent voyagers right up until today, demonstrating the blue water sailing capability of Maori both historically and currently.

 Haunui – This waka hourua was originally given the name Va’atele and made for American Samoa. His maiden voyage was from American Samoa to Samoa in 2009, however when a tsunami hit the island the waka was damaged and left. When Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr took responsibility of the waka through the Te Toki Voyaging Trust, it was renamed ‘Haunui’. More about the story of Haunui: https://www.tetokiwakahourua.org/

Vessel name

Haunui – from Te Toki Voyaging Trust – travelling from Auckland, New Zealand return

Gross tonnage

11 tonnes

Full dimensions

Length: 22m, Beam: 6.5m, Draft: 0.5m (without centreboards) to 1.7m (with centreboards down).

Year built

2009

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New Zealand [NZ]

Certifying authority/class

Authority Class: Maritime NZ Part 40G Novelship  (MNZ 135064)

Area of operation: Unlimited / Certified Passenger ship: CAT 1

Power

220 AC

Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti – In 2000, Sir Hekenukumai Puhipi (Sir Hector Busby) began the build of a second waka hourua ‘Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti’, named after his late wife, with a view to ‘closing the Polynesian Triangle’ by sailing to Rapa Nui (Easter Island). This vessel was part of the Waka Tapu voyage in 2012, departing Auckland and sailing 10,000 nautical miles return to Rapa Nui, before returning to Doubtless Bay on the east coast of the Northland region. Read more about Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and the Waka Tapu project: https://www.nzmaci.com/projects/waka-tapu/

Vessel name

Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti –  from Te Puna i Rangiriri Trust – travelling from Tauranga, New Zealand return

Gross tonnage

9 tonnes

Full dimensions

Length: 15.8m Beam: 4.8m  Draft: 0.5 – 1.7m

Year built

2005

Flag

New Zealand [NZ]

Certifying authority/class

 

Power

Maritime NZ Part 40G Novelship 

2x12 Volt house batteries and charges starter battery for outboard. Outboard motor is wired to give batteries top up charge.House batteries can be run in parallel and series

heritage ships

The HMB Endeavour replica represents the original Endeavour, as well as the Royal Society’s commitment in 1760’s to explore the world and map land to further understand navigational capability, including observing the transit of Venus and other scientific enquiries that form some basis of our knowledge today. The Spirit of New Zealand and the R. Tucker Thompson will represent both trading and voyaging capability and the subsequent migration that occurred as a result of those first onshore encounters.

 HMB Endeavour – Construction of the Endeavour replica began in 1988 in Western Australia and the ship was launched five years later. Since then, she has sailed more than 170,000 nautical miles twice around the world, visited 29 countries and many Pacific islands, and opened as a museum in 116 ports.

More: https://www.sea.museum/whats-on/vessels/hmb-endeavour

Vessel name HMB Endeavour – from the Australian National Maritime Museum – travelling from Sydney, Australia return
Gross tonnage 397 tonnes
Full dimensions

Length Overall x Breadth Extreme:  44m × 9m.Length: 43.6 m (143 ft), bowsprit to stern/Beam: 9.28 m (30.4 ft)

Height:  28 m (92 ft) mainmast/Draught: 3.4 m (11 ft)

Year built 1994
Flag Australia [AU]
Certifying authority/class Australian Maritime Safety Authority

 

Spirit of New Zealand – The Spirit is a three-masted barquentine and is believed to be the world’s busiest youth training ship. She is at sea for more than 300 days a year and is owned by the Spirit of Adventure Trust.  The Trust’s mission is to empower a diverse range of young Kiwis to reach their full potential through the challenge of the sea. Ongoing research by Otago University has fully endorsed the positive outcomes the Trust’s programme achieves for young people, their families and their communities.

Vessel name

Spirit of New Zealand – from Spirit of Adventure Trust – travelling from Auckland, New Zealand return

Gross tonnage

184 tonnes (gross registered) – 55.32 (net tonnage)

Full dimensions

Length: 45.2m, Beam: 10m, Draft: 4m (Legal overall length on deck 33.25m)

Year built

1986

Flag

New Zealand [NZ]

Certifying authority/class

Maritime NZ 875169 (MNZ 100620), Anti-foul current

Power

12v and 24v DC and 230v AC

 

R. Tucker Thompson – The traditional gaff-rigged schooner was started by R. Tucker Thompson in the late 1970s as a project to embody the best features of a traditional design, married to the materials of today. She has a very high reputation in the traditional sailing world and is considered a perfect example of a working Tall Ship with the advantage of being new and safe. The R. Tucker Thompson is operated by a not-for-profit charitable trust. All income derived from tourism sailing activities are used for her maintenance, as well as providing a contribution to help Northland youth access the sail training voyages. In this way, the ship can continue to provide pleasure and learning to people of all ages; young and old, Māori and Pākehā, visitors and Northlanders alike.

More about R. Tucker Thompson: https://tucker.co.nz/

Vessel name

R Tucker Thompson – from the R. Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust – travelling from the Bay of Islands return

Gross tonnage

44 tonnes – approved to carry up to 49 passengers within Inshore Waters, 12 Nautical Miles of the coast from North Cape to East Cape.

Full dimensions

Length: 17.8m, Beam: 4.88m, Draft: 2.6m

Year built

 1985

Flag

New Zealand [NZ]

Certifying authority/class

Maritime NZ/passenger vessel/number 100492

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