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Key statistics

  • More than 64,000 people took part in the Tuia 250 Voyage events. 
  • 28.4 million people cumulatively were exposed to Tuia 250 coverage in the media
  • The vessels were visited more than 40,000 times by the public during Open Days
  • More than 500 trainees experienced life on board a tall ship or waka hourua         
  • More than 400 crew of waka hourua, va’a, tall ships and Navy vessels participated
  • 12,950 nautical miles sailed by the six Tuia 250 flotilla vessels, with at least 45 days at sea
  • Over 3,500 kilometres driven by land crew supporting the vessels 
  • 15 waka, ships and Navy vessels were part of the flotilla or welcomes       
  • More than 70 kōhatu, or mauri stones from Tahiti and Haunui crew were gifted to sites of significance to Pacific voyaging around Aotearoa

Tuia 250 video (YouTube)

What did Tuia 250 achieve?

  • Community engagement with Tuia 250 was overwhelmingly positive. The work of communities was crucial for the Tuia 250 experience to be positive overall. 
  • The Tuia 250 Voyage was developed and delivered safely and successfully for all communities, vessels, crew, trainees and members of the public who were involved.
  • Tuia 250 highlighted the feats of voyagers of the ancestors of Pacific peoples as well as James Cook, particularly through media coverage, including international media coverage, and in education. 
  • Tuia 250 highlighted dual heritage and Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique identity through local wānanga, education and resources that particularly helped New Zealanders understand migration.
  • Tuia 250 encouraged open conversation and dialogue on marae, in schools and in communities, acknowledging the subsequent effect of Cook’s arrival on Māori in particular. 
  • Tuia 250 supported a number of initiatives for rangatahi to better understand New Zealand history and their heritage.


The Tuia 250 commemoration has left a legacy for future generations.

The legacy has been created through voyaging and encounters education and conversations that took place during the commemoration, through new physical markers and signage at sites of significance, through the changing of place names to reflect dual heritage, and through the healing that has occurred in communities and the strengthening of relationships.