The Tuia – Encounters 250 commemoration is a programme of events, education and over 50 projects enriching communities nationwide. It 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.

Follow the Tuia 250 Voyage

The central event is the Tuia 250 Voyage – a journey of national significance showcasing the Pacific, Māori and European voyaging that brought us together. A flotilla of waka hourua, va’a tipaerua and tall ships sails the coast from October to December 2019, landing at community events where you can visit the vessels. Use this interactive tracker to follow the flotilla.

Visit the vessels

Learn about Pacific, Māori and European sailing and navigation traditions with interactive activities, displays and guest speakers at these locations. The vessels in the flotilla will be open for you to go onboard. This schedule will be updated with any changes due to weather and sea conditions.

Whangaparaoa / Cape Runaway28 – 30 September
Anaura Bay3 – 4 October
Tūranga / Gisborne5 – 10/11 October
Ūawa / Tolaga Bay12 – 13/16 October
Whitianga / Mercury Bay18 – 21 October
Maraetai22 – 24 October
Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland25 – 28/29 October
Whangārei / Port Nikau2 – 4 November
Pēwhairangi / Bay of Islands / Opua8 – 11 November
Waitohi / Picton21 – 26 November
Wairau Te Waiharakeke / Blenheim26 – 28 November
Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington30 November – 3 December
Whakaraupō / Lyttelton6 – 10 December
Te Māhia15 – 19 December

Latest Tuia news

Waka under traditional navigation arrives in Tauranga from Tahiti

Waka under traditional navigation arrives in Tauranga from Tahiti

The first vessel in the Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla has arrived after crossing the Pacific using the sun and moon to guide it.
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Fly My Pretties to headline Tuia 250 commemorations in Picton

Fly My Pretties to headline Tuia 250 commemorations in Picton

Singer Ria Hall says that ‘it’s fitting to be performing at an event which commemorates our unique tales of arrival.’
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Re-balancing history

Re-balancing history

Listen to a podcast about the Tuia 250 commemorations, featuring Dame Anne Salmond.
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Partners

Te Au Mārie 1769 Sestercentennial Trust  logo Mercury 250 Trust logo Tōtaranui 250 Trust  logo Te Hā 1769 Sestercentennial Trust logo
Te Toki Voyaging Trust logo Australian National Maritime Museum logo R. Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust  logo Tahiti Voyaging Society  logo Spirit of Adventure Trust logo Te Kura o ngā Kurī a Tarawhata logo
Contact the Tuia 250 team:
tuia250@mch.govt.nz
Contact for media enquiries:
tuia250comms@mch.govt.nz | 027 556 0180
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