Tuia 250 Voyage Event Programme

Tuia 250 is the national commemoration celebrating Aotearoa New Zealand’s voyaging heritage and acknowledging 250 years since the first onshore encounters between Māori and Pākehā.

Tuia 250 provides a programme of experiences for encouraging honest conversations about the past, the present, and how we navigate our shared future together.

This programme may be subject to change as the voyage continues, and members of the public are encouraged to check for updates closer to event dates.

www.tuia250.nz

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Whangapāraoa Mai Tawhiti / Cape Runaway
28 – 30 September

Tuia 250 Waka Hourua – Whangaparāoa

On the 28th – 30th September 2019, Te Whānau a Kauaetangohia, Te Ūngāwaka, Whangaparaoa Mai Tawhiti will host Tuia Encounters 250 – A national commemoration of the first meetings of Māori and Pākeha.

Between 1000-1200AD, the great arrival of waka landed here in the east of the North Island, at Te Ūngāwaka, Taungāwaka, Whangaparāoa Mai Tawhiti. This is Tuia 1000 and will be the main focus of our contribution to this national commemoration.

On the 31st of October 1769, some 800 years after the great arrival of waka, Captain James Cook and the Endeavour came to Whangaparāoa. He was met with resistance by local hapū of approximately 40 waka and was repelled. He ran away, and then named this part of the east coast Cape Runaway. Te Whānau a Kauaetangohia has a different story and the time has finally come for us to tell the story of our first encounter with pākehā here in Te Ūngāwaka, Whangaparāoa Mai Tawhiti.

The most significant event for us is the coastal voyage of three waka hourua; including Ngāhiraka-mai-tawhiti (Tauranga), Haunui (Tainui) and a va’a moana Fa’afaite (Tahiti). These waka will make landfall at Whangaparāoa commemorating the arrival of the waka tīpuna to Taungāwaka, Te Haika o Tainui, Whangaparāoa between 1000-1200AD. The flotilla will also include 3 smaller vessels (waka hauiti) travelling up the east coast from Uawa. This is a momentous occasion for Te Whānau a Kauaetangohia, Te Whānau a Apanui and Aotearoa. The cultural significance of the landing place of the ancestral waka from Hawaaiki plays a pivotal part in the history of this country. The last time we celebrated the arrival of the waka tīpuna was the 1990 Waka Celebrations, where the late Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu honoured us with her presence, along with hundreds from around the country who were in attendance.

Saturday 28 Sept

  • 10am Te Whānau a Apanui will whakatau Te Arikinui
  • Kīngi Tuheitia and his support group to the Haika o Tainui beach site
  • 11.00am Te Whānau a Apanui, Kīngi Tuheitia and his support group to whakatau waka hourua to the Haika o Tainui beach front. Once whakatau is complete Waka crew will be taken by bus to Kauaetangohia Marae
  • 1pm pohiri to waka hourua crews and nga hau e wha – onto Kauaetangohia Marae
  • 3.00pm Hakari
  • 4.30pm Waka hourua crews retire to accommodation across the road at TKMM
  • Whangaparaoa
  • 8.30pm Po Whakangahau at Kauaetangohia Marae for waka hourua crews

Waka hourua will land at Te Haika o Tainui beach site, Whangaparaoa at 10.50 am on Saturday 28th September 2019. Waka hourua crews will receive a whakatau onto the Te Haika o Tainui beach site at 11.00am. Waka hourua crews will then be transferred by bus to Kauaetangohia Marae for official pohiri at 1.00pm

Sunday 29 Sept

  • 8am Parakuihi, Kauaetangohia Marae
  • Ngā kōrero o Te Whatianga
  • Hīkoi, Taungā Waka & Lunch, Puketapu, Ngutu Awa
  • Waka activities
  • Kai o te Pō
  • Wānanga54

Monday 30 Sept

  • 8am Parakuihi
  • Poroporoaki / Karakia
  • Departure of waka hourua

Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Gisborne

5 – 11 October

Polynesian Voyaging Pōhiri

The entire community is invited to join Tūranga iwi in a mass pōhiri as they welcome the Polynesian voyagers on the waka Haunui, Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Tahitian va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite. An evocative mix of on-water and on-land ceremonies that take in the entire bay will honour the ancestors and local sites of significance, before crews come ashore at Te Waiohiharore (The Cut) for the formal on land pōhiri.  When it comes to pōhiri – everyone is invited to participate, or you can take it in from one of several vantage points around Te Waiohiharore.

  • Saturday 5 Oct:  9am – 12pm
  • Te Waiohiharore (The Cut)

Tuia 250 Flotilla Arrival

The Tuia 250 flotilla comes together for the very first time out on the bay.  Come witness history in the making as these two great voyaging traditions meet and pay homage to this place we call home.   The community is encouraged to pick a favourite vantage point, indulge in a leisurely picnic brekky and take in the spectacle as the Tuia 250 flotilla enter Tūranganui a Kiwa (Poverty Bay). These heritage vessels will arrive early to pay homage to the community and its history of migration and settlement. Vendors and family friendly activities will be scattered along the Oneroa walkway so that everyone has their coffee, can grab something to eat and relax.  There are plenty of ways to spend time acquainting yourself with eons of history here in Gisborne, from the award winning Tūpapa heritage trail to the local museum, while the crews visit sites of significance and are hosted privately at a civic reception.

  • Tuesday 8 Oct: 8am – 10am
  • Waikanea to Midway

History on the MV Takitimu

Come aboard the MV Takitimu. Encounter the stories of our many arrivals as we explore places of personal, cultural, national and international significance around the bay.

Join local historians on a fascinating journey of understanding, exploring 1,000 years of seafaring tradition and navigating history. Visit the place where Cook anchored the HMB Endeavour in 1769, where Te Toka a Taiau once stood, where those first exchanges between the crew of the Endeavour and local Māori took place.

The MV Takitimu offers a relaxed encounter with our history, on what is believed to be the oldest pilot vessel in New Zealand still in operation.

  • Sunday 6 Oct: 9am, 11am, 1pm
  • Wednesday 9 Oct: 9am, 11am, 1pm
  • Inner Harbour (outside the Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club)
  • Tickets $10 (bookings essential via Eventfinda)

Waka Hourua Tairāwhiti Excursion

Get out on the water on the region’s own waka hourua – Tairāwhiti – for a journey that spans millennia. Journey back to a time when Māori voyagers ruled the seas and experience first-hand the ancient wayfinding vessel that survived epic sea journeys.

In a once-in-a-lifetime experience, discover how the historic waka of Te Tairāwhiti were built and how our tipuna Paoa, Kiwa, Maia, Ruawharo journeyed from Hawaiki using the moon, stars, currents and birds to navigate through the Pacific Ocean to Aotearoa.

  • Sunday 6 Oct: 9am, 11am, 1pm
  • Wednesday 9 Oct: 9am, 11am, 1pm
  • Inner Harbour (outside Wharf Shed Three)
  • Booking details at wakavoyagers.com

Park and Ride with the WA165

Arrive at our open days in style on the WA165.

The Inner Harbour will be a busy pedestrian hub during our open days, so take our free park and ride option and enjoy a short trip on the WA165 from the railway station to the Inner Harbour.

The WA165 was built at Dunedin’s Hillside Workshops in 1897, and is the only remaining WA class train. It spent most of its working life on the heavily graded railway line between Gisborne and Motuhora. Now the WA165 is retired but comes out for special steam trips and excursions.

  • Sunday 6 Oct: Throughout the day
  • Wednesday 9 Oct: Throughout the day
  • Railway Station in Grey St to the Inner Harbour (return)
  • FREE

Explore the 1769 Garden at Waikereru Ecosanctuary

The 1769 Garden marks a turning point in the history of Aotearoa, when the Endeavour commanded by James Cook arrived at the mouth of the Waimatā River in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa in October 1769, bringing the Ra’iatean star navigator Tupaia and the first Europeans ashore. Among those Europeans were the naturalists Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander who collected thousands of plant specimens.

From that moment, the lives of local people, plants and animals changed forever. The 1769 Garden, designed by Philip Smith from O2 Landscapes, features plants that grew in the Tairāwhiti, and were familiar to local Māori at that time. The garden is part of the Waikereru Ecosanctuary, a project initiated by Dame Anne and Jeremy Salmond.

Wild Lab Tiaki Taiao Workshop

Led by the Waikereru Ecosanctuary Wild Lab Tiaki Taiao creative educators, Pete and Elle Jarrat, this is a creative outdoor education workshop, during which children will be immersed in exploring and celebrating rare and endangered species with a sense of wonder and fun. Through ancestral knowledge, science, art and immersive experience, children explore the challenges faced by indigenous plants and animals, and how to safeguard their future.

  • Monday 7 Oct: 9am departure for a 9:30am start
  • Suitable for ages 8 to 11
  • $10 per person, bookings essential
  • Includes return bus transport from the iSite on Grey St.

Small Group Guided Tours

Escorted by Curator Malcolm Rutherford and Kaitiaki Graeme Atkins, enthusiasts will learn about the creation of the garden, how it is used today, and some of the stories that it holds through the design and species choices.

This tour includes a guided walk and talk for an hour. Guests will then drive the length of Longbush Reserve and walk around the figure 8 track in the Longbush bush.

  • Thursday 10 Oct: 10am (for a 10:30am start) and 2pm
  • Suitable for adults, especially those interested in heritage gardens and this special collection plants.
  • $15 per person, bookings essential
  • Includes return bus transport from the iSite on Grey St.

Rangiwaho Ihu ki te Moana

Ngai Tamanuhiri have developed Rangiwaho Ihu ki te Moana 2019 to embrace their cultural contribution to the histories of Aotearoa.  Ngai Tamanuhiri descend from waka people the illustrious navigators who, for many centuries, journeyed across the vast Moananui a Kiwa – Pacific Ocean.

On the 12 October 1769, off the shores of Whareongaonga, a special tuku (gifting) took place between Rangiwaho rangatira, Meke, and Tupaia of Rangiatea, Tahiti on the Endeavour. Rangiwaho also traded with Banks, Cook and the crew of the Endeavour. These taonga are now home for 12 months. Rangiwaho Ihu ki te Moana 2019 honours the ancestors of Rangiwaho and their toi (arts). As their descendants we share 250 of years of resilience in whakakitenga (exhibition) and kōrero (stories). Rangiwaho Ihu ki te Moana 2019 runs for two weeks.

  • Monday 7 Oct – Friday 11 Oct: 9:30am (for a 10am start) and 1:30pm (for a 2pm start) daily.
  • Rangiwaho Marae
  • Free but registrations essential
  • Includes return bus transport from the iSite on Grey St.

Native Voices: Ko Au, Ko Matau – I am, We Are

A visual art exhibition reinforcing an indigenous legacy, and challenging the impact of a “Nations Dual Heritage” on our Māori futures. KE Design, in partnership with Tairāwhiti Museum, presents a platform for indigenous dialogue through art.

  • Sunday 6 Oct
  • Tairāwhiti Museum
  • Admission fees, find out more on Eventfinda.
  • Presented by KE Design, in partnership with Tairāwhiti Museum and supported by Tuia 250 lottery funding. 

Ata Hira: Museum on the Move: Voyage to Aotearoa, Tupaia and the Endeavour

Discover this pop-up exhibition around multiple perspectives of Tupaia’s life in Tahiti, on board the Endeavour and his arrival to Aotearoa.

  • Saturday 5 Oct  – Wednesday 9 Oct 
  • Inner Harbour
  • FREE admission
  • Presented by Auckland War Memorial Museum/ Tāmaki Paenga Hira and supported by Tuia 250 lotteries funding.

Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow

As part of the Tuia Mātauranga Education Programme, the free roadshow will provide an interactive and immersive experience suitable for all ages. Visitors will take part in a journey of learning and storytelling that includes an activity book, mobile app-supported activities, and a virtual reality experience. There will be activities for young people and their whānau to participate in, supporting a shared learning experience.

  • Saturday 5 Oct  – Wednesday 9 Oct  

Uāwa / Tolaga Bay

12 – 16 October

Between the 12th – 16th of October this year Ūawa-Tolaga Bay will host visitors from near and far as part of Tuia   Encounters 250, a national commemoration of the first meetings of Māori and Pākeha, in our case Te Aitanga a Hauiti with Cook and his crew, and notably also with Tupaia of Tahiti.

At present a number of local organisations, including Toi Hauiti, Te Ahikā, Hauiti Incorporation, Reynolds Hall, Ūawa Tiaki Tai, the Coast Guard, Police and Māori Wardens, and several marae are working together to manage some key events and ensure that visitors are looked after during this time.

The signature event for Tuia Encounters 250 is a coastal voyage by a flotilla of six vessels, including waka hourua Ngahiraka-mai-tawhiti (Tauranga), Haunui (Auckland), and va’a moana Fa’afaite (Tahiti); and tall ships R. Tucker Thompson (Bay of Islands), The Spirit of New Zealand (Auckland), and HMB Endeavour Replica (Sydney). The national event itself begins in Tūranga/Gisborne on 5 October and the flotilla will leave from there for Ūawa – Tolaga Bay on 11 October.

Welcome the Tuia 250 Flotilla

Saturday 12 Oct from 8.30am

Community Voyaging Education and Vessel Open Day

Sunday 13 Oct

Pacific Voyaging Education and Waka Open Day

Monday 14 Oct

Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow

As part of the Tuia Mātauranga Education Programme, the free roadshow will provide an interactive and immersive experience suitable for all ages. Visitors will take part in a journey of learning and storytelling that includes an activity book, mobile app-supported activities, and a virtual reality experience. There will be activities for young people and their whānau to participate in, supporting a shared learning experience.

Waka flotilla depart

Wednesday 16 Oct

Whitianga / Mercury Bay

18 – 21 October

Te Pōwhiri welcomes Tuia 250 Flotilla

A pōwhiri will be held to acknowledge the first encounters between iwi Ngāti Hei and the crew of the Endeavour. The flotilla will sail to Wharekaho and arrive on the north end of the beach, the crews and manuhiri  will be then guided along the foreshore towards the southern end of Wharekaho below Wharetāewa Pā where the pōwhiri will take place.

Come out and hear the stories from local iwi to mark the anniversary :

  • Friday Oct 18: 11.30am – Hikoi from Simpsons Campground along Wharekaho Beach, 1pm pōwhiri, 3pm – 5pm kai & entertainment
  • Wharekaho Homestead
  • Hosted by Ngāti Hei, presented by Mercury Bay 250 Trust

Cooks Beach “Beach Call”

Pop down to the beach at Central Reserve to watch the heritage ships, Endeavour and waka sail pass.

  • Friday 18 Oct: 8am – 9:30am
  • BYO breakfast, hot drinks & something to sit on
  • FREE Event
  • Presented by Cooks Beach Community

“Conversations” at the Cooks Beach Hall

With special guests, noted author/historian Graeme Lay and Joe Davis – Ngāti Hei talk in detail with John Steele about the 12 days Cook spent in Te Whanganui o Hei.

  • Friday 18 Oct: 7:30-9pm
  • FREE Event, limited tickets available
  • Hosted by Cooks Beach Community

Movie Day at the Cooks Beach Hall

Public screening of the “12 Days”, Screening runs for 35 min and the Mercury bay Museum will also be onsite to answer questions. Aimed at all ages.

  • Saturday 19 Oct: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
  • FREE Event
  • Hosted by Cooks Beach Community

Purangi Heritage Project

Re-dedication and opening ceremony for the Purangi Heritage Project. Transit of Mercury cairn reinstatement with bronze sextant sculpture. Endeavour buoy placed. Heritage signage for the purangi area installed and observation platform walkways and signage by Perpetual Guardian Trust and Stella Evered Reserve.

  • Purangi Reserve
  • Sunday 20 Oct: 11am
  • FREE Event

Waka Open Day and Pacific Voyaging Education

Explore the waka hourua Haunui and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Tahitian va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite, and learn from the crew about voyaging during talks and activities.

  • Saturday 19 Oct and Sunday 20 Oct: both days 10am – 4pm at The Esplanade
  • FREE event
  • Brought to you by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Te Toki Voyaging Trust, Tahiti Voyaging Society and Te Kura Waka.

Enjoy the entertainment – The Tuia Stage

While you’re checking out the waka, enjoy the live performances from Coromandel artists.

  • Saturday 19 Oct: 10am – 10pm
  • Taylors Mistake (Whakau Reserve)
  • FREE event
  • Presented by Creative Mercury Bay & Mercury 250 Trust

Raranga Taura Here Community Arts Project “Star Waka”

  • Saturday 19 Oct and Sunday 20 Oct
  • Taylors Mistake (Whakau Reserve)
  • FREE event
  • Presented by Mercury 250 Trust

‘Twelve Days – 1769’

‘Twelve Days – 1769’ is those momentous events as noted by Cook and Banks in their journals and the traditional history of Ngāti Hei. They will be reflected by twelve objects for twelve days.

  • Exhibition opens 30 Sept
  • Mercury Bay Museum
  • Presented by Mercury Bay Museum

Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow

As part of the Tuia Mātauranga Education Programme, the free roadshow will provide an interactive and immersive experience suitable for all ages. Visitors will take part in a journey of learning and storytelling that includes an activity book, mobile app-supported activities, and a virtual reality experience. There will be activities for young people and their whānau to participate in, supporting a shared learning experience.

  • Saturday 19 Oct – Monday 21 Oct

Umupuia Beach, Maraetai

22 – 24 October

Waka Open Day and Pacific Voyaging Education Schools Day

View the landed and anchored waka hourua Haunui and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti, as well as the Tahitian va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite, learning from the crew about traditional Polynesian voyaging practices.

  • Wednesday 23 Oct – invitation only for local secondary schools
  • Hosted by Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki
  • Brought to you by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Te Toki Voyaging Trust, Tahiti Voyaging Society and Te Kura Waka.

Tamaki Makaurau / Auckland

25 – 29 October

Head along to the Tuia 250 Village at the Auckland viaduct to experience the Tuia 250 programme of events over Labour weekend – complete with food, music and entertainment as well as the arrival of the Tuia 250 flotilla.

Visit tall ships and waka, enjoy tasty kai, family activities, music, exhibits, talks and more.

Voyaging Fleet Arrival and powhiri

Join the crowds to welcome the Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla into Auckland as the vessels sail past Queens Wharf. A haka pōwhiri will also take place.

  • Friday 25 Oct: 12pm-2pm at Queens Wharf (south end)
  • FREE event
  • Presented by Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland Council

Go to ourauckland.nz/tuia250 for more event details and updates.

Te Tangi o Te Moana – Sounds of the Sea

Live entertainment including Māori and Pacific dance, guest artists, bands, and speakers sharing waka voyaging knowledge.

  • Friday 25 Oct – Sunday 27 Oct:  1pm-8pm;
  • Monday 28 Oct:  1pm-5pm
  • Tidal Steps, Karanga Plaza
  • FREE event
  • Presented by Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland Council

Hangi Masters

A special culinary occasion with traditional Māori cuisine.

  • Friday 25 Oct: 12pm-8pm; Saturday 26 Oct and Sunday 27 Oct: 10am-8pm; Monday 28 Oct: 10am-5pm
  • Te Wero Island
  • Hangi viewing is free. Food will be available to purchase.
  • Presented by Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland Council

Tākiri LIVE – Tā Moko, Whakairo and Māori Tapa

Tā moko, whakairo and Māori tapa artist demonstrations that showcase themes and artworks in Tākiri: An Unfurling.

  • Saturday 26 Oct – Sunday 27 Oct: 10am – 4pm;
  • Monday 28 Oct: 10am-1pm
  • New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa, Cnr Quay & Hobson St, Viaduct Harbour.
  • FREE event
  • Presented by New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa

Te Whāinga: A Culture Lab on Civility

A world-class collective of local, national, and international artists, scholars, and cultural practitioners explore the term civility.

  • Friday 25 Oct: 12pm-8pm; Saturday 26 Oct and Sunday 27 Oct: 12pm-8pm; Monday 28 Oct: 10am-1pm
  • Silo 6 and Silo Park, no bookings required, FREE
  • Presented by Auckland War Memorial Museum/Tāmaki Paenga Hira and Smithsonian Asian Pacifc American Center

 Whakapapa – Identity

Read, view and listen to the stories of mana whenua in Tāmaki Makaurau.

  • Friday 25 Oct: 12pm-5pm; Saturday 26 Oct – Monday 28 Oct: 10am-5pm
  • Karanga Plaza, no bookings required, FREE
  • Presented by Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland Council

Ata Hira: Museum on the Move: Voyage to Aotearoa, Tupaia and the Endeavour

Discover this pop-up exhibition around multiple perspectives of Tupaia’s life in Tahiti, on board the Endeavour and his arrival to Aotearoa.

  • Saturday 26 Oct – Monday 28 Oct: 10am-5pm
  • Te Wero Island, no bookings required, FREE
  • Presented by Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Edible Gardens – Children’s Art Workshops
Create your own edible/medicinal native flora, add them to our Native Forest and listen to interactive talks.

  • Friday 25 Oct to Monday 28 Oct: 10am – 5pm
  • Te Wero Island, Eastern Viaduct, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, FREE
  • Presented by Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Tākiri: An Unfurling

Seven contemporary artists explore early Māori and European encounters through new work inspired by museum taonga.

  • Saturday 12 Oct 2019 – Sunday 7 June 2020
  • Open fromMonday – Sunday: 10am-5pm
  • Edmiston Gallery, New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa, Cnr Quay & Hobson
  • St, Viaduct Harbour, no bookings required. Free Museum entry for Auckland residents with proof of address. Free entry for all visitors Labour Weekend only
  • Presented by New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa

My Kai My Heritage

Puna Kai is a collective of food trucks offering a unique menu of Polynesian and Māori food.

  • Friday 25 Oct – Sunday 27 Oct: 12-8pm; Monday 28 Oct: 10am-5pm
  • Te Wero Island, no bookings required, Food is available to purchase.
  • Presented by Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland Council

NZ Boat-building Dynasties

Join us as we tell the story of the Logans and Baileys, two iconic New Zealand boat-building dynasties.

  • Friday 25 Oct – Monday 28 Oct: 10am-4pm
  • Te Wero Island
  • FREE event
  • Presented by Tino Rawa Trust

Tuia 250 voyaging education

Take part in a range of activities and presentations to learn about navigation and voyaging with ocean navigators and sailing crews from the Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla.

  • Saturday 26 Oct and Sunday 27 Oct 10am – 4pm; Monday 28 Oct 10am-1pm
  • New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa, Cnr Quay & Hobson St, Viaduct Harbour
  • FREE event
  • Presented by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Visions of Voyages

See archival film footage of Pacific migration and waka building.

  • Friday 25 Oct: 12pm-5pm; Saturday 26 Oct – Monday 28 Oct: 10am-5pm
  • Silo Park, no bookings required, FREE
  • Presented by Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland Council

Sat 26 – Mon 28 Oct – Tuia 250 Voyage Flotilla – Open Vessel Tours

Meet the crews and take a tour onboard vessels in the Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla.

  • Saturday 26 Oct and Sunday 27 Oct: 10am – 4pm; Monday 28 Oct: 10am-1pm (selected vessels only)
  • Princes Wharf & New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa
  • Presented by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow

As part of the Tuia Mātauranga Education Programme, the free roadshow will provide an interactive and immersive experience suitable for all ages. Visitors will take part in a journey of learning and storytelling that includes an activity book, mobile app-supported activities, and a virtual reality experience. There will be activities for young people and their whānau to participate in, supporting a shared learning experience.

  • Wednesday 23 Oct – Thursday 24 Oct

Whangarei

Te 2 o Whiringa-ā-rangi – te 5 o Whiringa-ā-Rangi

2 November – 5 November

Pacific Voyaging Education and Stardome

Nau mai, haere mai ki te whakarongo ki ngā kōrero o ngā kaiwhakatere waka rātou ko ngā kaumoana o te kāhui waka o Tuia 250

Come along and learn about Pacific voyaging with experienced navigators and the crew of the Tuia 250 flotilla.

Beneath the stunning Stardome, gain instruction about the practice of celestial navigation – the art and science of finding your way by the sun, moon, stars and planets.  In one form or another, celestial navigation is one of the oldest practices in human history, a technique used by the earliest voyagers who journeyed from Hawaiki to navigate across Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, the Pacific Ocean, to Aotearoa. 

Community Event / Mass Haka Pōwhiri

A haka pōwhiri for the flotilla will take place at the Hihiaua Cultural Centre on Nov 2.  Waka haurua will line the estuary as a back-drop to the famous ‘Waka and Wave’ sculpture.  The tangata whenua, and the Hihiaua Cultural Centre in partnership with Whangarei District Council collaborate to bring this event to our community.

  • Rāhoroi te 2 o Whiringa-ā-rangi, Saturday 2 November 10am – 11.30am
  • Haka pōwhiri at Hihiaua Peninsula, 56-58 Herekino St, Whangarei
  • 10am-3pm Star dome open at Hihiaua Peninsula – Te Kāpehu Whetū Gym
  • 1pm-3pm Crew workshops and presentations at Hihiaua Peninsula
  • Rātapu te 3 o Whiringa-ā-rangi, Sunday 3 Nov: 10am-3pm Star dome open at Hihiaua Peninsula – Kāpehu Whetū Gym 
  • FREE event

Rātā Waka Symposium showcase

Rātā, Tai Tokerau will be highlighting the waka carving and building practices of the Pacific. The Rātā symposium includes practitioner’s from Hawaii, Tahiti and Aotearoa demonstrating their work as they transform trees to functional waka. Rātā will bring greater visibility to the traditional and contemporary mātauranga of this art form. 

  • Rāhoroi te 2 o Whiringa-ā-rangi – Rātapu te 3 o Whiringa-ā-rangi, Saturday 2nd November 1-4pm; Sunday 3 November 10am-3pm
  • Hihiaua Cultural Centre, Whangarei
  • FREE event

Tuia Talks

Nau mai, haere mai ki te whakarongo ki ngā kōrero o ngā kaumoana o ngā kāhui waka.  Come along and listen to the kōrero from our Rātā carvers who share their journey, their experiences and their craft as they advocate and revitalise tārai waka (waka carving).  So too, will the Flotilla crew share their experiences and navigational techniques and prowess.  Cultural Ambassadors will share their stories around significant sites and their experiences gained while on board the Flotilla as it passaged from Auckland to Whangarei.   

  • Rāhoroi te 2 o Whiringa-ā-rangi, Saturday 2 November 7pm-9pm
  • Hihiaua Cultural Centre

InnoNative Market

The InnoNative Market is all about empowering independent indigenous people through entrepreneurship. The InnoNative Market will be offering plenty of products, services and entertainment.  Come one come all, enjoy and relax in the company of friends and whānau at the InnoNative Market at Hihiaua. 

  • Rāhoroi te 2 o Whiringa-ā-rangi, Saturday 2 November 10am-3pm
  • Hihiaua Peninsula, Reyburn Lane

Tuia 250 Open Vessels – Explore the Tuia 250 Flotilla

Learn about celestial navigation and the amazing skill and innovation used by voyagers of the Pacific who found and settled Aotearoa many generations ago. Tahitian vessel Fa’afaite, and waka hourua Haunui and Ngahiraka Mai Tāwhiti will be open to the public.

You can also explore one of the world’s most accurate replicas – the HMB Endeavour – or board a gaff-rigged schooner – the R. Tucker Thompson – or imagine your next adventure sailing on the Spirit of New Zealand.

  • Rātapu te 3 o Whiringa-ā-rangi, Sunday 3 November 10am – 3pm
  • Port Nīkau wharf
  • FREE event

Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow

As part of the Tuia Mātauranga Education Programme, the free roadshow will provide an interactive and immersive experience suitable for all ages. Visitors will take part in a journey of learning and storytelling that includes an activity book, mobile app-supported activities, and a virtual reality experience. There will be activities for young people and their whānau to participate in, supporting a shared learning experience.

  • Rāhoroi te 2 o Whiringa-ā-rangi, Saturday 2 November 10am – 3pm
  • Hihiaua Peninsula, Lower Dent St
  • Rātapu te 3 o Whiringa-ā-rangi, Sunday 3 November 10am – 3pm
  • Port Nīkau Wharf
  • FREE event

Opua / Bay of Islands

Te 7 – 11 o Whiringa-ā-rangi

7 – 11 November

Pōwhiri at Te Tii Marae/Waitangi

Nau mai, haere mai ki te pōwhiri ka tū ki te marae o Te Tii, Waitangi.  Come to the pōwhiri at Te Tii Marae in Waitangi.  Hear the kōrero (stories) about the poupou next to the Marae – Tou Rangatira. Learn about the waka histories of Māori navigation and Polynesian voyaging.  Learn more about the stories connected to He Whakaputanga 1835 (the Declaration of Independence 1835) and Te Tiriti 1840 (The Treaty) as the foundation of Māori and Pākehā relationships (past, present & future). Powerful and inspirational kōrero about, with and for our nation.

  • Rāmere te 8 o Whiringa-ā-rangi, Friday 8 November 9.30am-10.30am
  • Haka/Powhiri at Te Ti Marae
  • 12.30am-2pm Tou Rangatira poupou korero, providing opportunity for cultural exchange and community engagement.

Whānau Day at Waitangi Sports field

E te whānau, nau mai, haere mai.  Fun activities and entertainment for the whole whānau. Come one come all for an awesome day out!

  • ●        Whiringa-ā-rangi, Saturday 9th November 10am-4pm

Rātā Waka on display

Rātā waka will be on display for the community to enjoy.  Rātā waka carvers will be available to korero sharing their skills and journeys around the renaissance of this at risk artform.  

  • Rāapa te 6 o Whiringa-ā-Rangi – Rātapu, te 10 o Whiringa-ā-rangi,
  • Wednesday 6 November 10am-3pm; Sunday 10 November 10am – 3pm, (Rāta not on show 8th November)
  • Haratu Kororāreka Marae
  • FREE event

Celestial navigation in the Stardome

Beneath the stunning Stardome, learn more about the practice of celestial navigation – the art and science of finding your way by the sun, moon, stars, and planets. Join the crews of Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Haunui waka as they bring to life Māori astronomy and the navigation techniques of the earliest Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa voyagers.

  • Rāapa te 6 o Whiringa-ā-rangi, Wednesday 6 November 10am-3pm Parish Hall Russell
  • Rāpare te 7 o Whiringa-ā-rangi, Thursday 7 November 10am-3pm Parish Hall Russell
  • Rāhoroi te 9 o Whiringa-ā-rangi, Saturday 9 November 10am-3pm Waitangi Bowls club
  • Rātapu te 10 o Whiringa-ā-rangi, Sunday 10 November 10am-3pm Opua Community Hall
  • FREE event
  • Presented by Waka Crew

Tuia 250 Open Vessels – Explore the Tuia 250 Flotilla

Get up close to the Tuia 250 Flotilla vessels – Learn about Pacific voyaging, navigation techniques and histories with the waka hourua Haunui, Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Tahitian va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite. Explore one of the world’s most accurate replicas – the HMB Endeavour – or board a gaff-rigged schooner – the R. Tucker Thompson – or imagine your next adventure sailing on the Spirit of New Zealand. Crew will host talks and activities.

  • Rātapu te 9 o Whiringa-ā-rangi, Rāhoroi, te 10 o Whiringa-ā-rangi
  • Saturday 9 November and Sunday 10 November 10am-3pm
  • Opua wharf– Heritage Ships
  • Saturday 9 November and Sunday 10 November 10am-3pm
  • Waitangi Beach – Waka Hourua
  • FREE event

Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow

As part of the Tuia Mātauranga Education Programme, the free roadshow will provide an interactive and immersive experience suitable for all ages. Visitors will take part in a journey of learning and storytelling that includes an activity book, mobile app-supported activities, and a virtual reality experience. There will be activities for young people and their whānau to participate in, supporting a shared learning experience.

  • Rāhoroi te 9 o Whiringa-ā-rangi, Saturday 9 November 10am – 4pm at Waitangi Sportsground
  • Rātapu te 10 o Whiringa-ā-rangi, Sunday 10 November 10am – 3pm at Opua Cruise Club carpark

Waitohi / Picton

21 – 26 November

Pōwhiri at Meretoto/Ship Cove – Thursday 21 Nov: 10am start, 3.30pm

A cultural welcome to the Tuia 250 flotilla, led by Tangata whenua iwi, will be held at Meretoto/Ship Cove – to acknowledge Meretoto as the site of the significant on-shore first encounters between Māori and Pākehā at Tōtaranui.

  • Reserve will be closed to the public
  • Exclusion zone around the bay
  • Hosted by the Tōtaranui 250 Trust
  • Supported by Department of Conservation, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Te Toki Voyaging Trust, Tahiti Voyaging Society, Te Kura Waka, Spirit of Adventure Trust, Australia National Maritime Museum.

Community Welcome – Friday 22 Nov: 10am – 2pm

Join the excitement of Marlborough’s biggest ever welcome at 10am on Nov 22.

The Marlborough community is encouraged to witness the arrival of the Dual Heritage flotilla into Waitohi/Picton harbour.

This will be followed by cultural performances and a civic ceremony to welcome the crews from Tahiti, Aotearoa and Australia.

 A once-in-a-lifetime view when the Tuia 250 flotilla sails into Waitohi/Picton harbour.

  • Waitohi/Picton foreshore
  • Presented by the Tōtaranui 250 Trust

Tuia 250 Open Vessels – Explore the Tuia 250 Flotilla – Saturday 23 Nov

Learn about celestial navigation and the amazing skill and innovation used by voyagers of the Pacific who found and settled Aotearoa many generations ago. Tahitian vessel Fa’afaite, and waka hourua Haunui and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti will be open to the public. You can also explore one of the world’s most accurate replicas – the HMB Endeavour or imagine your next adventure sailing on the Spirit of New Zealand. On Sunday learn about conservation and biodiversity projects from around the region.

  • 10am-4.30pm: Explore the flotilla vessels, meet the crew. Experience the wonders of the Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow, visit a star navigation dome, and learn about conservation activities. 
  • 3pm -8pm: Taste the best of Marlborough at Kete Kai Street Market, featuring traditional Māori ingredients and delicacies from other cultures.
  • 10am -8pm: All day entertainment
  • 8pm – late : On the main stage Interislander animated light show directly before the Fly My Pretties free concert.

Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow – Saturday 23 Nov – Monday 25 Nov

As part of the Tuia Mātauranga Education Programme, the free roadshow will provide an interactive and immersive experience suitable for all ages. Visitors will take part in a journey of learning and storytelling that includes an activity book, mobile app-supported activities, and a virtual reality experience. There will be activities for young people and their whānau to participate in, supporting a shared learning experience.

Interislander Light Show – Saturday 23 Nov: 8pm

A ‘surprising and delightful’ light show of images projected across the stage and onto nearby walls and monuments.  A spine tingling depiction of our past.

Concert featuring Fly My Pretties – Saturday 23 Nov: 8pm – 11pm

The 15-strong cast features some of Aotearoa’s finest musicians and will take to the Waitohi/Picton foreshore stage as part of our Tuia 250 weekend.

Frontman Barnaby Weir, Anna Coddington, A Girl Named Mo, Hollie Smith, LA Mitchell, Mel Parsons, Ria Hall, Aaron Stewart, Age Pryor, Iraia Whakamoe, James Coyle, Jarney Murphy, Laughton Kora, Nigel Patterson, Ryan Prebble.

The free concert follows an open day where the public can climb on board the Tuia 250 vessels, meet the crews, and indulge in a range of stalls offering delicious kai and multicultural cuisine. Throughout the afternoon there will be free entertainment, including multicultural and contemporary performers.

A spectacular light show, sponsored by Interislander, will feature on the main stage before the Fly My Pretties concert.

  • Picton foreshore 8pm
  • Interislander Light Show
  • Fly My Pretties concert
  • FREE event
  • Presented by the Tōtaranui 250 Trust

Meet, Explore Learn – Sunday 24 Nov: 10am – 4.30pm

Explore each of the five flotilla vessels and meet the crews. Learn about migration, conservation, sail & rope handling, the luna calendar, using a star compass, discover the fascinating Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow and visit a portable planetarium.

Port Marlborough Schools Only Day – Monday 25 Nov: 9am – 3pm

Presented by the Tōtaranui 250 Trust, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Te Toki Voyaging Trust, Tahiti Voyaging Society, Te Kura Waka, Spirit of Adventure Trust, and Australia National Maritime Museum.

Wairau / Blenheim

27 November – 28 November

Dawn unveiling of Tauihu

Rangitāne o Wairau will unveil a large sculpture depicting the prow of the waka of Maui Te Waka a Maui. Tōhunga Hemi Te Peeti, who designed and carved the waka, will be present as well as the waka hourua crew. Karakia will be followed by light refreshments.

  • Wednesday 27 Nov: 5:15am, gather for a 5:30am karakia and blessing
  • Cnr Grove Road and Dillons Point Road
  • Open to the public
  • Hosted by Rangitāne o Wairau

Evening event: First Voyagers

Rangitāne o Wairau will host a VIP evening event celebrating the early voyagers Maui and Kupe. The evening will include a delicious Māori-themed feast, presentations from subject experts and showcase local kapa haka talent.

  • Wednesday 27 Nov: 6pm – 10pm
  • Ūkaipō Cultural Centre, Fell Street, Grovetown
  • Open to the public, limited seating available
  • Hosted by Rangitāne o Wairau

Evening event: Tupaia

Rangitāne o Wairau will host a VIP evening event celebrating the Tahitian tōhunga Tupaia. The evening will include a fusion of Māori/Tahitian food, presentations from international subject experts Lars Eckstein and Anja Schwarz (Universität Potsdam in Berlin) and showcase local Māori and Pasifika talent.

  • 28 Nov: 6pm – 10pm
  • Ūkaipō Cultural Centre, Fell Street, Grovetown
  • Open to the public, limited seating available
  • Hosted by Rangitāne o Wairau

Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington

30 November – 3 December

Tuia 250 Open Vessels – Explore the Tuia 250 Flotilla

Get up close to the Tuia 250 flotilla vessels – Learn about Pacific voyaging, navigation techniques and histories with the waka hourua Haunui, Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Tahitian va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite. Explore one of the world’s most accurate replicas – the HMB Endeavour – or imagine your next adventure sailing on the Spirit of New Zealand. Crew will host talks and activities.

  • Sunday 1 Dec:10am – 4pm
  • Wellington Waterfront
  • FREE event
  • Presented by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Te Toki Voyaging Trust, Tahiti Voyaging Society, Te Kura Waka, Spirit of Adventure Trust, Australia National Maritime Museum and Wellington City Council..

Whakaraupō / Lyttelton

6 December – 10 December

Arrival of Waka Hourua and Spirit of New Zealand

The waka hourua and the Spirit of New Zealand will be met by Ngāti Wheke and Ngāti Huikai at Te Piaka (the headland between Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour and Koukourārata/Port Levy) and escorted down the harbour acknowledging significant cultural sites at Ripapa Island and Ōtamahua (Quail Island) before being welcomed to Te Rāpaki o Te Rakiwhakaputa and Wheke Marae.

  • Friday 6 Dec: 10am (Te Piaka); 11.30am (Ripapa); 1pm (Otamahua); 2pm (Rāpaki)
  • This is an invite only event due to on-water navigational safety issues and limited infrastructure and space at Rāpaki
  • The public can view part of the arrival from Awaroa/Godley Head and along the Summit Road and are invited to the public events over the weekend (see below)

Waka Whanau Day and Festivities

Explore the waka hourua Haunui and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Tahitian va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite, and learn from the crew about voyaging during talks and activities. Discover the epic story of Polynesian migration and voyaging at the Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow, and listen to local histories and stories of Ngāi Tahu.

Enjoy kai, entertainment and market stalls throughout the day.

Saturday 7 Dec at Te Ana Marina:

  • Mihi Whakatūwhera/Opening addresses:
  • 10.30am Roadshow, Stardome, Food and Market Stalls open
  • Waka vessel visits and workshops begin (every 30 mins until 3pm); 11am
  • Public Talks begin; 4pm day closes

Sunday 8 Dec at Te Ana Marina:

  • 10am Karakia/Opening blessing
  • 10.30am Roadshow, Stardome, Food and Market Stalls open
  • Waka Sailing Tours begin (Sail 1: 10.30-11.30am; Sail 2: 1-2pm; Sail 3: 2.30-3.30pm);
  • 11am Public Talks begin; 4pm day closes
  • Hosted by Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, with support from Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Christchurch City Council and Lyttelton Port Company
  • Presented by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Te Toki Voyaging Trust, Tahiti Voyaging Society, Te Kura Waka and Spirit of Adventure Trust

Te Māhia

15 – 18 December

Tuia-mai-tawhiti Festival at Māhia Beach Reserve – Sunday 15 Dec

A Waka Festival will be held to celebrate the arrival of the waka hourua to Mahia-mai-tawhiti.

This grassroots festival celebrates our Pacific Voyaging traditions, the Moana, as well as showcasing local community talents and businesses.

Join the people of Māhia and the waka crews for regattas, dinghy races, live entertainment, delicious food and stalls. Learn about celestial navigation in the Stardome, and discover the world of voyaging through the touring Voyaging Roadshow. Activities will demonstrate the mātauranga (knowledge) of Pacific voyagers who found and settled Aotearoa many generations ago.

  • Arrival of waka hourua at 8am
  • Haka pōwhiri on the beach at Māhia Beach, and then the waka crew will be transported to Ruawharo for a formal haka pōwhiri.
  • Public festival begins at Māhia Beach at 10am and runs all day
  • Waka Taurua Regatta at 11am
  • Waka hourua tours begin at 12pm
  • Beach fun and games
  • Live entertainment
  • Presented by the Mahia Māori Committee

Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow – Friday 13 Dec – Monday 15 Dec: 9am

As part of the Tuia Mātauranga Education Programme, the free roadshow will provide an interactive and immersive experience suitable for all ages. Visitors will take part in a journey of learning and storytelling that includes an activity book, mobile app-supported activities, and a virtual reality experience. There will be activities for young people and their whānau to participate in, supporting a shared learning experience.

  • Open for the school and the general public
  • Mahia Beach Reserve

Whakakapinga Tuesday 17 Dec

An official closing ceremony for the entire Tuia 250 kaupapa will be hosted at Tuahuru Marae.

In line with Tikanga Māori this will be a formal event. 

  • Three waka hourua will land at the Whangawehi
  • Official pōwhiri for waka crew and Manuhiri at Tuahuru Marae
  • Karakia hei whakakapi i te kaupapa
  • There will be a celebration dinner
  • Launch of the waka hourua declaration


About the Tuia 250 commemoration

Tuia 250 is the national commemoration celebrating Aotearoa New Zealand’s voyaging heritage and acknowledging 250 years since the first onshore encounters between Māori and Pākehā. Tuia 250 provides a programme of experiences for encouraging honest conversations about the past, the present, and how we navigate our shared future together. www.tuia250.nz

Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow

As part of the Tuia Mātauranga Education Programme, a travelling roadshow will be visiting over 20 communities around Aotearoa New Zealand from October until December supporting the Tuia 250 Voyage. The free roadshow will provide an interactive and immersive experience suitable for all ages. Visitors will take part in a journey of learning and storytelling that includes an activity book, mobile app-supported activities, and a virtual reality experience. There will be activities for young people and their whānau to participate in, supporting a shared learning experience.

Pacific Voyaging Education and Stardome

Come along and learn more about Pacific voyaging with experienced navigators and waka crews.

Beneath the stunning Stardome, learn more about the practice of celestial navigation – the art and science of finding your way by the sun, moon, stars, and planets. In one form or another, celestial navigation is one of the oldest practices in human history, the technique used by the earliest voyagers who journeyed from Hawaiki using moon, stars, currents and birds to navigate through Te Moananui a Kiwa, the Pacific Ocean to Aotearoa. 

Tuia 250 Open Vessels – Explore the Tuia 250 flotilla

Get up close to the Tuia 250 flotilla vessels – Learn about Pacific voyaging, navigation techniques and histories with the waka hourua Haunui, Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Tahitian va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite. Explore one of the world’s most accurate replicas – the HMB Endeavour – or board a gaff-rigged schooner – the R. Tucker Thompson – or imagine your next adventure sailing on the Spirit of New Zealand. Crew will host talks and activities.