Tuia 250 Voyage Trainee Berths

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Would you like to be a Tuia 250 Voyage Trainee aboard waka hourua ‘Ngahiraka May Tawhiti’?

The Ministry of Culture and Heritage has offered Rangitāne o Wairau two trainee berths aboard waka hourua ‘Ngahiraka May Tawhiti’ for the voyage leg starting in Mangonui/Doubtless Bay and finishing in Waitohi/Picton (12-22 November).

In 2000, Sir Hekenukumai Puhipi (Sir Hector Busby) began the build of a second waka hourua ‘Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti’, named after his late wife, with a view to ‘closing the Polynesian Triangle’ by sailing to Rapa Nui (Easter Island). This vessel was part of the Waka Tapu voyage in 2012, departing Auckland and sailing 10,000 nautical miles return to Rapa Nui, before returning to Doubtless Bay on the east coast of the Northland region.  Read more about Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and the Waka Tapu project:

We are inviting expressions of interest from iwi members for the two trainee berths. Trainees must be 19 years or older on the date the vessel is set to depart Mangonui.

It is important for applicants to have a firm understanding and a genuine interest in the Tuia 250 kaupapa and have a sense of adventure.  No sailing experience is necessary, however, many of the tasks will be physically strenuous so a good level of fitness is required.  As a Tuia 250 Voyage Trainee you will be expected to carry out and participate in the following tasks and activities: Cooking; cleaning; maintenance duties; rigging activities; watcher duties; moving between rafts, tenders, the shore, and back to the vessel from the water, morning swims, tramps, wānanga, discussions, waiata and participation in community engagement activities.

Costs for the voyage and pōwhiri will be covered by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.  There will be some costs that will need to be taken on by the Trainee.  You can find out more in the Onboard Information booklet.

The two successful applicants will be required to produce some form of material, such as a video clip, article, a photo album, toi māori or waiata to represent their experience on their voyage.

Expression of Interest Form must be received by 4:00pm on Friday, 19 July 2019.

To be considered for this programme you must:

  • Be 19 years or older on the date the vessel is set to leave Mangonui.
  • Be a registered member of Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau.
  • Complete and return the EOI form by the due date.
  • Provide an up-to-date email address as this will be the primary communication channel pertaining to your EOI.
  • Supply a photo for your file that may also be used for promotional purposes.
  • Be physically fit and healthy.
  • Be a confident and able swimmer.

Completed application form must be submitted by post or email to:

Tuia 250 Voyage Trainee
Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau, PO Box 883, Blenheim 7240