Tai timu, tai pari, Tainui: Journey of a people 

When:
3 Sep 2011 – 2 March 2014
Where:
Iwi Gallery, Level 4
Cost:
Free entry
Type:
Arts; People and history 

The modern voyaging waka (canoe) Haunui under way on the Pacific Voyagers project. Photograph by and courtesy of Murray Watson
The modern voyaging waka (canoe) Haunui under way on the Pacific Voyagers project. Photograph by and courtesy of Murray Watson

‘Tainui, ka whiti! Ka whiti!
Te whakawhitinga mai ērā, mai o ngā moana!’

‘Tainui, go forth! Go forth!
Seek out the pathways of the oceans!’


Tai timu, tai pari, Tainui: Journey of a people tells the epic story of Tainui – New Zealand’s largest tribal grouping. The Tainui people invite you to journey with them, from their origins in East Polynesia to their lives in present-day Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.

Follow the courage and resourcefulness of their early ancestors, who voyaged across the Pacific to establish themselves in Aotearoa New Zealand. Admire the resilience and adaptability of subsequent generations in facing the challenges that confronted them, especially the arrival of European settlers. Marvel at the stories of their inspirational leaders and taonga (cultural treasures).

Tai timu, tai pari, Tainui: Journey of a people was developed in conjunction with the Tainui Waka Alliance – an association of five Tainui iwi (tribes): Hauraki, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa, Te Kawerau-a-Maki, and Waikato.

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