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Tuia – Encounters 250

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The Tuia - Encounters 250 Commemoration programme of events, education and reflection celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand’s Pacific voyaging heritage and acknowledges the first onshore encounters between Māori and Pākehā in 1769-70. Use Tuia 250 as an opportunity to hold honest conversations about the past, the present, and how we navigate our shared future together.

The Voyage begins

Cast your gaze to Te Moananui-a-Kiwa – the mighty Pacific Ocean – from the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand this October to December, and you’ll be treated to the sight of the Tuia 250 Voyage – a journey of national significance. A flotilla of Pacific, Māori and European sailing vessels showcases the exceptional feats of voyaging that brought us together. 

A key part of the commemoration is the Tuia 250 Voyage. A flotilla of Pacific and European vessels will sail around the coast for a period of three months, between October and December 2019.

The Voyage began in Tahiti on the 19 August with the launch of the va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite. Using the celestial navigation methods Pacific voyagers have used for thousands of years, the crew will guide the Fa’afaite across more than 4,300 kilometres of open ocean to join the flotilla. Use the interactive above or follow the progress of the flotilla here.

Watch the above video about Tuia - Encounters 250 which appears on our YouTube channel.


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Updated on 3rd September 2019