Budget 2018 boosted funding for the national commemoration marking 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans. The additional funding supported a national voyaging event from October to December 2019, with hundreds, including more than 320 young people, experiencing life on-board a waka hourua/va’a or tall ship while the vessels were at sea.
Funding also provided a national education programme for schools and a supporting community education programme.
Content covered voyaging, traditional navigation, first encounters and settlement, NZ histories and the relationships between people and the environment. Over 27,000 New Zealanders visited the travelling roadshow at 42 events in 24 New Zealand communities from Kaitaia to Invercargill.