A yacht sails in front of a steam ship on the ocean. Photo by James D. Richardson, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries.

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

FreeAccessibleFamily activitiesCentral Auckland

Saturday 7 October
Exhibition: Saturday 7 October - Sunday 15 October, 9am-5pm
Workshops: Saturday 7 October from 10am


New Zealand Maritime Museum

Corner of Quay Street and Hobson Street, Auckland Central

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Bookings are required for workshops through Eventbrite.

Contact Olivia Haddon

021 524 553





An account of Mana Whenua maritime history. The adventures of Te Rangatira and Ida, a love story of Te Moananui-ā-Toi / Hauraki Gulf and its islands.

The cutter Te Rangatira and Ida the scow were owned by Tenetahi Pohuehue and Rahui Te Kiri of Pakiri (Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāti Wai).

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 islands of Te Moananui-ā-Toi.

These highly skilled sailors were often competitive and victorious in the Auckland Regatta.

The boats were commissioned by Tenetahi and built by the Mieklejohn family at Omaha Bay.

Join us for an interactive, multi-discipline exhibition and event retold by renowned Mana Whenua writer Paula Morris.

Stories will be brought to life by oratory, Atamira Māori dance workshops with performance, traditional navigation and rope making workshops.

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