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Waka Whānau Day and Festivities

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  • Sat 7 Dec ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 8 Dec ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm


Te Ana Marina, Lyttelton Harbour, Christchurch District


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

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

This event is part of the Tuia – Encounters 250 programme.

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