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.
There are Tuia 250 events on right now in regions around the country. Find events near you, and learn how to visit the Tuia 250 Voyage vessels.
Explore resources for information about our Te Moananui a Kiwa (Pacific) voyaging heritage, encounters in 1769 and learning for children.
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 sites 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, roadshow trucks, a pop-up planetarium and guest speakers at most of 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 Runaway||28 – 30 September||See events|
|Anaura Bay||3 – 4 October|
|Tūranga / Gisborne||5 – 10/11 October||See events|
|Ūawa / Tolaga Bay||12 – 13/16 October||See events|
|Whitianga / Mercury Bay||18 – 21 October||See events|
|Maraetai||22 – 24 October|
|Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland||25 – 28/29 October||See events|
|Whangārei / Port Nikau||2 – 4 November||See events|
|Pēwhairangi / Bay of Islands / Opua||8 – 11 November||See events|
|Waitohi / Picton||21 – 26 November||See events|
|Wairau Te Waiharakeke / Blenheim||26 – 28 November|
|Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington||30 November – 3 December||See events|
|Whakaraupō / Lyttelton||6 – 10 December||See events|
|Te Māhia||15 – 19 December||See events|
Tuia 250 news
The co-chair of Tuia 250 commemorations says there has been a huge amount of mahi tahi and sharing among the flotilla.
The navigator on a Polynesian vaka currently making its way around Aotearoa/New Zealand is helping youth in her native Tahiti to re-learn the ways of the sea.
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