May 17, 2013
Voyaging waka home tomorrow
An historic journey from Aotearoa to Rapanui-Easter Island ends tomorrow.
The double-hulled waka Te Aurere and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti are due to sail in to Doubtless Bay tomorrow morning, completing the 10-month Waka tapu voyage over 10,000 miles of ocean and closing what is known as the Polynesian triangle.
Hekenukumai Busby, whose vision of reviving the ancient navigation skills drove the voyage, says it was hard on crews and boats.
Te Aurere sustained some damage in high seas soon after leaving Auckland on August 17 last year, but it was repaired in Tahiti before the voyage home via Rarotonga.
The occasion will also mark the opening of the New Zealand Māori Arts And Craft Institute’s new wananga at Doubtless Bay, which will teach all aspects of kaupapa waka including waka building and non-instrument navigation.
A map of the voyage is on wakatapu.com
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