EventsA look at what is taking place in Mercury Bay this year
Tuia 250 Voyaging Flotilla
18 -21 October 2019
The Tuia 250 Voyage will take the form of a flotilla of vessels – waka hourua, va’a tipaerua, heritage vessels and their crews sailing to and engaging communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, between October and December 2019. The voyage flotilla will promote the exceptional feats of Pacific, Māori and European voyaging that brought us together, while providing an opportunity to reflect on our complex history of migration and settlement, and a platform for us to think about how we navigate the future together.
Sailing ships confirmed to arrive on the morning of Friday 18th are the Replica HMB Endeavour, R Tucker Thompson and the Spirit of New Zealand. There will also be two waka and a vaka from tahiti (names to be come). they will arrive into Purangi Harbour for a short period before moving across the bay to Wharekaho Beach.
The Mercury Bay Museum in Whitianga has recently unveiled a new HMS Buffalo exhibit. Work on the exhibit began in February this year and was completed at the end of June. “Myself and my volunteer team have been working hard over the last few months to put together the...
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