Aug 28, 2018

Hopes more young New Zealanders learn traditional navigation

There’s a call for more young people to learn traditional navigation in New Zealand.

The Te Toki Voyaging Trust is running short sailings to raise funds for a three week voyage of the waka Haunui and 16 crew from Auckland to Norfolk Island in mid-September.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Trust administrator Kereama Mcleod said more youth should get on board wakas, especially Maori and Pasifika.

“The wakas and moana connect us all and so if you are near a waka get involved,” Kereama Mcleod said.

“In terms of identity, these waka, although they’re a mixture of new technology but made in traditional ways, they are vessels in which we can trace back and reaffirm for a lot of people, especially Pacific people, their identity.”

Kereama Mcleod said the Norfolk Trip is part of preparations for a 4000 nautical mile voyage to Hawai’i for the Pacific Arts Festival in 2020.

Reposted from Radio New Zealand, 28 August 2018

The waka Haunui was designed and built by the Okeanos Foundation for the Sea in 2009/2010. It was part of a fleet of seven traditional Polynesian sailing canoes of the Te Mana o Te Moana (Spirit of the Ocean) voyage that sailed in 2011/2012 visiting fifteen Pacific nations.