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Te Wharewaka – Finalists NZ Māori Tourism Awards

Finalists for two years in a row at Tourism Industry Aotearoa Awards Te Wharewaka o Pōneke offers you a chance to experience Māori culture right here in Wellington’s Central Business District. Located on Wellington Waterfront why not visit us and venture out on our waka, take a cultural walking tour or enjoy the fabulous kai and refreshments available at Karaka Café.

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Māori Tourism venture brings waka back to Wellington

Three-years-ago Te Wharewaka o Pōneke in Wellington central started their waka tours and promoting the Māori culture. Workers say the response has been very positive, however being a Māori tourism company comes with its fair share of challenges. Whatitiri Te Wake from Te Karere, TVNZ with this report.

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The HITS Promo

To kick off our summer campaign 2020 we’re taking the team from The HITS out on the waka – another fantastic day in the Capital.

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Te Wharewaka o Poneke – Discover Wellingtons best Māori experience on water and on land.

Te Raukura-Te Wharewaka o Poneke offers you a chance to experience Maori culture right here in Wellington’s Central Business District. Located on Wellington Waterfront why not visit us and venture out on our waka, take a cultural walking tour or enjoy the fabulous kai and refreshments available at Karaka Café.

Te Wharewaka o Pōneke

Tuia 250 Wellington

Tuia te muka tangata ki uta. Weaving people together for a shared future.

TUIA – Encounters 250 commemorated Aotearoa New Zealand’s Pacific voyaging heritage and was a national opportunity to hold honest conversations about the past, the present and how we navigate our shared future.

This video captures our waka tete Te Hononga and Te Taumata (canoes) welcoming to the TUIA 250 flotilla to Te Whanganui a Tara that includes waka haurua from Tahiti Fa’afaite.

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Te Raukura, Te Wharewaka o Pōneke

Te Raukura was opened at a dawn ceremony on 6 February 2011 and houses four waka that are part of our operations today. Learn more about why Te Raukura was built and some of the design features in this video. 7:47 long.