Okeanos Cultural Adviser, New Zealand
Okeanos’ mission is to implement a pan Pacific inter-island vaka network.
Our community knows the many ways traditionally designed sustainable sea transportation can provide the basis for place based solutions to challenges Pacific Islands are facing.
We know that modern vakas naturally fulfill Pacific public service needs from disaster relief to fundamental transportation of cargo, medicine and people, while providing dynamic education and research platforms and also fostering a variety of small commercial enterprises.
Okeanos seeks to align our vaka production with forward thinking Pacific policy frameworks such as:
Pacific Island Forum’s Framework for Pacific Regionalism with its key value to:
treasure the diversity and heritage of the Pacific and seek an inclusive future in which cultures, traditions and religious beliefs are valued, honoured and developed.
and principal objective to establish:
Sustainable development that combines economic social, and cultural development in ways that improve livelihoods and well-being and use the environment sustainably;
As well as Society for Pacific Community (SPC) “Framework for Action on Transportation Services” call to action stating:
Improved regional transport services underpin the Pacific Plan vision of ‘a region of peace, harmony, security and economic prosperity, so that all of its people can lead free and worthwhile lives….’
With their primary goal to provide:
Safe, secure, regular, reliable and affordable transport services for enhanced sustainable development.
To learn more about Okeanos’ current initiatives, please download our project document, “A Pan-Pacific Vaka Network: Institutionalizing Modern Polynesian Sailing Boats”
Sustainable Sea Transportation
Climate Change Preparedness
Disaster Relief Assistance
Innovative Research Platforms
Work Force Development
Transformative, Place-Based Education