Te Rangatira & Ida: Māori Sailing Heritage on the Hauraki Gulf

Join us at the Maritime Museum for an interactive multi-discipline exhibition, a talk from renowned Mana Whenua writer Paula Morris, Māori dance workshop and performance, and traditional navigation and rope making workshops.

Learn about Māori maritime history, the adventures of Te Rangatira and Ida. A love story of the Hauraki Gulf and its’ islands, the scow Ida, and the cutter Te Rangatira, were owned by Tenetahi Pohuehue and Rahui Te Kiri of Pakiri (Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngātiwai and Ngāti Rehua). Sailed by their children the two boats supplied the rapidly growing city of Auckland with Kauri timber from Hauturu (Little Barrier Island) and fresh produce from the outer Hauraki Gulf islands. These highly skilled sailors were often competitive and victorious in the Auckland Regatta. The boats were commissioned by Tenetahi and were built by the Mieklejohn family at Omaha Bay. 

Learn about this story, see performances, check out traditional knot making techniques, and take in the museum's new interactive and tactile exhibition Knot Touch.

Programme for Saturday October 7

  • Exhibition opening and presentation by Paula Morris and Haare Williams: 10am-11am
  • Navigation and traditional rope making workshops: 11:15am-1:30pm
  • Rangatahi (youth) Māori dance workshop with Atamira: 2pm-5pm 
  • Dance performance following workshop with Atamira: 4:30 pm

Bookings are essential so click the Book Now button to reserve your place.


New Zealand Maritime Museum
  • Residents of the Auckland region can visit the Maritime Museum galleries for free if they provide proof of address on arrival
  • Children: 5-14 years old (4 years and under are free)
  • Family Pass = 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

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Bookings essential. Please call (09) 373 0800 or email info@maritimemuseum.co.nz to reserve your place.