May 19

Waka Arrival - 11am

Waka hourua Ngahiraka-mai-Tawhiti, Hinemoana, Haunui and Tairawhiti are met by the waka Takitimu at Tauranga Harbour and guided to the Tauranga Bridge Marina.

Get a good view of the Waka Hourua Flotilla as they enter into Tauranga Harbour The best viewing wil be from Mauao, Moturiki, Waikorire (Pilot Bay), Mount Main Beach, Tay Street Beach, Omanu Beach and Tauranga Bridge Marina. Times will vary at each.

May 20

Te Terenga Waka Workshops for Schools - 9.30-2.30

School kids will have the chance to explore the waka and learn about Pacific voyaging. There will be activities for all ages. Morning and afternoon sessions available - schools must book in advance. The event is still open to the public on these days. For more information, click here.

Te Terenga Waka for Public 2.30-3.30

Come down and enjoy an afternoon exploring the waka, learn about the stars, navigation and Pacific voyaging with stardome and star compass.

May 21

Te Terenga Waka Workshops for Schools - 9.30-2.30

School kids will have the chance to explore the waka and learn about Pacific voyaging. There will be activities for all ages. Morning and afternoon sessions available - schools must book in advance. The event is still open to the public on these days. For more information, click here.

Te Terenga Waka for Public 2.30-3.30

Come down and enjoy an afternoon exploring the waka, learn about the stars, navigation and Pacific voyaging with stardome and star compass.

May 23: Public Open Day 9.30-3pm

Te Terenga Waka

Come down and enjoy an afternoon exploring the waka, learn about the stars, navigation and Pacific voyaging with stardome and star compass.

Jeff Evans
10.30-12.30

Renowned author and photographer Jeff Evans launches his new book Reawakening: Traditional Navigators of Te Moana Nui a Kiwa.
This book features interviews with 10 master navigators trained under Mau Piailug, the legendary teacher of traditional wayfinding methods for ocean voyaging waka hourua.

He will also be hosting a book signing at the Tauranga Bridge Marina.The book is published by Massey University Press.

IA Maori Music
Noon

Enjoy a live performance of Kokorangi, a new single by IA, a trio of Maaori musicians creating indigenous soul music using traditional instruments.

Featuring the voices of the traditional Kōauau (bone flute) and Ponga Ihu (nose flute), Kōkōrangi celebrates the art of traditional pacific voyaging. The word kōkōrangi translates to astronomer and the lyrics of this song talk about how pacific ancestors and current voyagers of today have sailed across vast oceans using the star systems and natural elements to guide them.

Lead vocalist and taonga pūoro player Reti Hedley says, it’s the experimentation with sound design that inspires him to keep discovering new frontiers with taonga pūoro.

“I’ve been looping and producing western instruments for a long time. But never have I looped traditional Māori instruments, which carry native melodies. I have been a musician and a player of taonga pūoro my entire life and now I get to combine the two worlds. This keeps me motivated to keep exploring the music and push the boundaries even further. ”