Almost three months ago, our voyaging waka set out from the East Cape together bringing a message of peace and unity.
Together the flotilla journeyed to 14 different locations listening to stories of voyaging, encounters, and whakaaro on our shared future together. Now, the final leg of the journey ends in Te Māhia, with five waka hourua sharing their voyaging traditions during the Tuia Mai Tāwhiti Waka Festival.
6am - Ahi kā fires lit on Moata Hill
8am - Watch five waka hourua arrive on Mokotahi Beach
9:30am - Haka pōhiri and pōhiri
12:15pm - live music, kai and activities, Open Waka Hourua Tours
5pm - Karakia
Tuia 250 Open tours of waka hourua – Fa’afaite, Haunui, Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti, Te Matau a Māui and Tairāwhiti.
Learn about voyaging and navigation at the Stardome and watch waka ama and surf lifesaving. Take your tamariki to the Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow.
It’s fitting that the Tuia 250 Voyage concludes at a site of significance for the ancestors of Māori who settled Aotearoa, a place that was once a highway for Pacific voyaging.