Feature Film Screening

We are excited to bring you the first ever screening of the Tuia 250 documentary.

The film was produced by local filmmaker, Keelan Walker (Loud Noise Media) and funded by the Lottery Tuia Encounters 250 Programme.

The Tōtaranui 250 Trust is proud to offer the screening at 8pm on Wednesday, June 17 on our Facebook page.


Tuia 250 Ki Tōtaranui

Te hekenga o ngā waka
Tuia 250 voyage

In October to December 2019, thousands of people around the country cast their gaze to Te Moananui a Kiwa – the mighty Pacific Ocean, and were treated to the sight of the Tuia 250 Voyage – a journey of national significance.

A flotilla of historic vessels voyaged around Aotearoa/New Zealand, commemorating first encounters between Māori and Pākeha; and shining a light on the expertise of navigation and voyaging by our ancestors.

On Thursday, November 21, the Tuia 250 Voyage arrived at Meretoto/Ship Cove; a site of historic and cultural significance to both Māori and Pākeha. They were welcomed with a Pōwhiri co-led by Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Kuia, Rangitāne and Te Ātiawa.

The following day the voyagers sailed down Tōtaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound to Waitohi/Picton. Hundreds of boaties flanked the vessels as they approached the harbour, and thousands of locals gathered together for the on-shore civic welcome.

A weekend of events ensued, with highlights including the free concert by Fly My Pretties, and an animated light show sponsored by Interislander.

This documentary includes interviews and aerial footage. It captures the excitement and heart-warming welcome our community offered to the voyagers. A once-in-a-lifetime event which embraced the diversity of our region, and helped to showcase the rich iwi culture we have here in Marlborough.

Tuia te muka tangata ki uta.
Weaving people together for a shared future.

Ngā mihi
Tōtaranui 250 Trust


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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