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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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Reanimating Tūpuna Stories

Tuia250 revives history through modern-day voyaging, storytelling, and now gaming.
Marlborough iwi, Te Atiawa, tells the story of the great navigator, Kupe who chased the cheeky octopus, Muturangi from his home in Hawaiki to Aotearoa after Muturangi stole fish from his net.

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Healing Old Wounds

An important and startling new piece of Bay of Islands history was revealed at a Russell Museum Exhibition opening on Friday night. Henrik Grudemo, the Deputy Head Of Mission at the Swedish Embassy had come to Russell for the opening of Paradise Lost, an exhibition...

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Applications for Tuia 250 content

For all you creatives: the folks at NZ On Air are currently taking applications for content that commemorates Tuia – Encounters 250 – 250 years since the first onshore encounters between Maori and Europeans.

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Gisborne first stop for Tuia 250 flotilla

Gisborne will be the first port of call in October for a flotilla of waka and historical tall ships on a voyage around New Zealand to mark the 250th anniversary since the first encounters between Maori and Europeans in October 1769.
Tuia 250 co-chair Dame Jenny Shipley said this morning a replica of Captain James Cook’s Endeavour would be included in the Tuia Encounters 250 event. However, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Culture and Heritage said this was still being finalised.

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Jack Thatcher’s Story

On the maiden voyage of the Te Aurere to Rarotonga in 1992, Jack Thatcher was a bug-eyed 30-year-old seeking adventure.

He’d never sailed a traditional seafaring waka before. Today he’s clocked up roughly 60–70,000 nautical miles by traditional means and has students to whom he’s passing on his knowledge.

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Voyaging from the past into the future

“I once read a book by Elsdon Best where he disputed the traditional navigation techniques that guided Polynesian migratory travel throughout the Pacific. I recall thinking at the time, ‘I’m going to prove you’re wrong’, and we have.”

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Sail on Pumaiterangi

#WIN a chance to sail on the waka Pumaiterangi in the Wellington Harbour next week during kapahaka festival Te Matatini ki te Ao 2019

Voyaging is a key theme of the Tuia 250 commemoration. That’s why we’re giving away two chances to go on a sailing from Oriental Bay with a friend – thanks to Te Toki Waka Hourua

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Exploring Early Maori Site

An artist’s impression of how the site may have looked. Image / Andrew Louis Clues left by the first Polynesian arrivals to Northland have led scientists to uncover one of New Zealand’s earliest human settlements. He began hearing the stories…

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Sestercentennial Trusts



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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