- For information on the Aotearoa's design, see Aotearoa class.
- Named after the Māori name for New Zealand, literally translating into "land of the long, white cloud". The correct pronunciation of Aotearoa is "ah-oh-tay-ah-ROH-ah".
In 2372, Admiral Zahara Hogan notified Captain Noah Wrightson of the USS Cantabrian Starfleet was sending the Aotearoa to co-ordinate the effort against the Myhr'an, a journey that would take the Aotearoa several weeks to complete. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part Two") The Aotearoa arrived at a crucial moment, saving the Cantabrian from three Myhr'an battle cruisers, allowing the Cantabrian to save Yh'ahni and several others trapped in a Myhr'an internment camp and escape. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Two Hit, One Stone")
The Aotearoa provided support for the Cantabrian when battling the Treaty Killers, even allowing de Gallimhe to take Counselor Daniel Radke aboard for the latter's protection. In a shoot-out with the Treaty Killers, de Gallimhe and his crew deceived the Treaty Killers, fooling them into thinking Radke was still aboard. As the Cantabrian made its escape with Radke aboard, the Aotearoa fell back, appearing to attempt to recover Radke (whose transceiver was flushed out a cargo bay). (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "White Flag")
Later that same year, after investigating the Treaty Killers threat, de Gallimhe discovered Marie Bourget, the Cantabrian's CMO, was in danger from her own daughter. The Aotearoa arrived in time to save Marie Bourget but not apprehend Helena Bourget. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Daughter's Keeper") It is assumed the Aotearoa rendezvoused with the Cantabrian as Marie Bourget is back on-board in the next episode.
The Aotearoa arrived too late to assist the Cantabrian against the Myhr'an super battle cruiser but was able to tow the damaged Cantabrian back to Deep Space 4 for repairs. The Aotearoa underwent routine maintainence at the same time. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Repercussions")
The next year, Daniel Radke and Benjamin Caldwell escaped the Treaty Killer attack on Deep Space 4 aboard the Aotearoa. Under de Gaillimhe's command, the Aotearoa was successful in fighting off the Treaty Killers for a second time. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Repercussions")
The Aotearoa joined the search for Dr. Samantha Delaney and her Dark Starship, culminating in the Aotearoa and Cantabrian cornering Delaney's ship. The Dark Starship fired its temporal weapon at the Cantabrian, but the Aotearoa took the blast, sending it into an unknown time and space. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Best Served Cold") The Cantabrian remained in contact with the Aotearoa until the remnants of the discharge (keeping both time-space frames in contact with one another) finally collapsed. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "I Who Have Nothing")
In the Pendragon timeline, the USS Aotearoa (NX-78312) was under the command of Liam de Gaillimhe during the Federation Civil War. At the Battle of Deep Space 9, de Gaillimhe ordered the Aotearoa to destroy escape pods from Deep Space 9 in case they harbored a Founder. The USS Cuxhaven, under the command of Daniel Radke, brought itself between the Aotearoa and the escape pods, saving the survivors. The Cuxhaven proceeded to severely damage the Aotearoa during the battle. (Star Trek: Pendragon: Other Knights anthology: "Gravity")
- It's not clear what happened to de Gaillimhe or the Aotearoa after the battle.
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