Tuia250 heads to Te Ana Marina
In December, LPC’s Te Ana Marina will play host to a historic flotilla of vessels to mark 250 years since the first encounters between Māori and Europeans and celebrate the voyaging traditions of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Above: Haunui is one of four waka hourua visiting Te Ana Marina in December as part of Tuia250. Photo credit: Haunui Te Toki Voyaging Trust.
Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke has been asked by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage to host the Whakaraupō leg of the national Tuia250 voyage – which started in Tūranga-nui-a-kiwa/Gisborne this month.
The Tuia250 national voyage aims to promote the exceptional feats of Pacific, Māori and European voyaging that brought New Zealand together, acknowledging all people who have chosen to call New Zealand home whether their ancestors or family arrived on a waka, a ship or on a Boeing last week.
Tuia250 Whakaraupō event coordinator Craig Pauling says Te Ana Marina is the perfect place to host the flotilla, which is scheduled to arrive here on December 6.
Te Ana is a site that Ngāti Wheke has worked closely with LPC and CCC in developing and the wider area has a rich legacy as a place of shelter and food gathering ” says Craig.
The name Te Ana was gifted by Ngāti Wheke for the marina area and comes from the original name for Te Ana o Huikai – a small bay located just beyond LPC’s Dry Dock which was reclaimed when the original port and wider Naval Point area was developed. The bay was a sheltered area used by Rangatira Huikai on his journeys to and from Koukourārata (Port Levy).
The striking whakairo, or carvings, at the site created by the Whakaraupō Carving Centre acknowledge the history and values associated with Te Ana o Huikai and the wider area.
As part of the event, four waka hourua or Polynesian double-hulled sailing canoes, as well as the Spirit of New Zealand will be welcomed to Whakaraupō. This includes Fa’afaite from Tahiti, and Haunui and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti from the North Island.
The magnificent Ngāi Tahu waka, Kōtukumairangi, which many will recognise from Waitangi Day celebrations at Okains Bay, will also be there, and is planned to be berthed at Te Ana Marina ahead of the event.
“We are honoured to have these amazing sailing waka coming to our harbour, especially Fa’afaite, all the way from Tahiti” says Craig.
“The chance to welcome and host them, as well as interact and learn about them is a real treat and something we hope the community will enjoy.”
The waka and their crews will all be welcomed at Rāpaki before heading to Te Ana for a public ceremony and event the following day. This will include the chance to meet the crews, learn about traditional navigation, board the waka and even have the opportunity to be part of a sailing experience.
“Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti, was built by the late Sir Hekenukumai Busby, who was one of our nation’s leading experts on waka and Polynesian voyaging so it is really special to have one of his waka coming to us,” says Craig.
The family-friendly event will include food and drink stalls and you will be able to take a closer look at the traditional waka, as well as learn from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s travelling roadshow, which will be set up on the grounds of Te Ana Marina.