Frequently asked questions

Do I have to be 16 at the time of applying to be a Tuia 250 Voyage Trainee?

No. Applicants must be 16 years old by the first day of the voyage leg. If you are not 16 by 18 December 2019, you will not be eligible. If you turn 16 after 26 September 2019, you will be eligible to apply, but your selcetion will depend on the dates of the Trainee berths available to your region. If you are 16 years old by 26 September, you will be eligible to apply.

How many spots are available?

There are 450 Tuia 250 Trainee berths in total available to the New Zealand public.

What will I be required to do on the vessel?

You will be required to assist with the crew with duties on board each vessel.

The tasks could include cooking, cleaning, maintenance, rigging, watcher duties, moving between rafts. Activities could include swims, tramps, wānanga, waiata and participating in community activities.

Can I pick which vessel I want to be on?

You can list your preference on your application form. Spaces are limited.

Who will be assessing the applications?

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage will be working with a number of community organisations to assess the applications from their region. Vessel organisations will have final say.

If I have a disability, will I still be considered?

Yes. You will need to provide details of disability to be able to accurately assess your application. Those with learning disabilities will need to fill in a specific form.

Do I have to speak Māori?

No. However, you must be willing to learn cultural protocols and participate in the activities associated with your ve Save & Exit ssel.

What will I be required to deliver after the Tuia 250 Voyage?

Selected applicants will be required to produce some type of material or content to represent their experience in the Tuia 250 Voyage – it could be a video, piece of writing, art, song or performance – to share with communities, and with Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

What will I be required to bring onboard?

Selected applicants will be provided with gear lists for the vessel they are allocated to.

Are there any costs?

Voyage costs including food will be covered. However, successful applicants will need to get to and from their ports of embarkation and disembarkation at their own cost.

What if I have dietary requirements?

If you have dietary requirements, please state this in your application. Some vessels will be able to cater to most dietary requirements.

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit, only age restrictions (16 and over – 14-18 for secondary school applications).

Do you have to be able to swim?

Not necessarily. Some vessels need this as a requirement, some vessels only require applicants to be comfortable floating. You will need to indicate your ability on your application form.

How long or short are these voyage experiences?

The voyages range from an overnight experience, to the longest leg being 15 days. You can state your preference in the application form.

Apart from the voyage leg, will I need to attend any other events or sessions?

No extra sessions are required. However, selected applicants will need to arrive a few hours before vessels depart and be willing to stay on a little longer at the pōwhiri (welcome) which will happen at the end of each voyage leg.

Selected applicants will also be required to study an orientation pack which will provide information about the vessel, any cultural protocol including kawa (marae protocol) and tikanga (customary pratcice), and key terms or phrases you’ll need to learn.

What if I get seasick?

You’ll need to consider whether you can manage seasickness on the voyage. Vessels may also have their own protocol in supporting those who may get seasick.

What happens if there’s an injury on board?

Vessels will have health and safety protocol regarding injuries. There will also be a support team on land following the Tuia 250 Flotilla that can assist.

Will Trainees between the ages of 16-18 be sailing with Trainees 19 and older?

No. Each vessel will either have berths for Trainees between the ages of 16-18 or berths for Trainees 19 and over.  The permanent crew on each vessel will be adults, however, they will go through a police vetting process.