Fly My Pretties

Saturday, November 23

New Zealand’s favourite collaborative group, Fly My Pretties will perform live in Picton as part of the Tuia 250 commemorations in November this year.


Tōtaranui 250 Trust General Manager, Chrissy Powlesland says inviting Fly My Pretties to be part of our local commemorations was a deliberate decision. “It’s precisely because of the band’s cultural diversity and willingness to speak out on national issues, that we wanted to invite the musicians to perform. We want to hold an event that encourages debate about the past, shines a light on the tangata whenua stories of our dual history, and provides an opportunity for real conversations about that journey,”


Miss Powlesland says "Fly My Pretties is an ever-changing collective, offering a collaborative musical and visual show featuring fresh and established contemporary musicians and artists".

Cast member Ria Hall says: “Fly My Pretties has always been about celebrating diversity through music, so it’s fitting to be performing at an event which commemorates our unique tales of arrival. It’s also timely to address, acknowledge and learn our own history, to put our nation in good stead in the present through a lens of understanding the good, the bad and the ugly.”

Buses depart from the Blenheim iSite at 6pm and then return from the Picton iSite at 11pm. 


Tickets for the return trip cost $10 - book here.


The Tuia 250 events commence on Thursday 21 November with a Pōwhiri led by tangata whenua at Meretoto/Ship Cove.


The commemorative vessels including the HMB Endeavour replica from Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney and the a’afaite i te Ao Mā’ohi, a va’a moana from Pape'ete, Tahiti, will then sail through Tōtaranui to arrive in Waitohi/Picton on Friday 22 November.


Throughout the weekend the vessels will be open to the public to hop onboard and have a look around.


Saturday 23 November will see the stage utilised throughout the day to showcase cultural tikanga, with performances from members of our community, including groups representing Māori and Polynesia.


Early evening contemporary musicians will perform as support Fly My Pretties.

Fly My Pretties cast includes: Barnaby Weir, Anna Coddington, A Girl Named Mo, Hollie Smith, Lauren Barus (LA Mitchell), Mel Parsons, Ria Hall, Aaron Stewart, Age Pryor, Iraia Whakamoe, James Coyle, Jarney Murphy, Laughton Kora, Nigel Patterson, Ryan Prebble

Catch the bus

Waitohi/Picton foreshore event map


In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Pākehā during James Cook and the Endeavour’s 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand. Tuia – Encounters 250 will acknowledge this pivotal moment in our nation’s history as well as the extraordinary feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier.

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