Tahitian va'a brings spirit of Tupaia to Tuia voyage

Tahitian va'a Fa'afaite has arrived in New Zealand to join the Tuia 250 fleet on its three-month voyage around Aotearoa.

The voyage is a celebration of New Zealand's Pacific seafaring heritage and acknowledges the first onshore encounters between Māori and Pākehā.

These involved Captain Cook and his Tahitian advisor Tupaia.

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