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Te Whare Taonga ki Kawatea

When Kōtukumairangi was paddled down the Ōpara River on Waitangi Day this year it marked 20 years since the waka had been formally gifted to Ngāi Tahu by the late Murray Thacker (1933-2017), founder of the Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum. Craig Pauling and Iaean Cranwell have been the unofficial kaitiaki of Kōtukumairangi for much of that time, taking responsibility for training and coordination of paddlers, and overseeing care and maintenance of the waka, in collaboration with museum volunteers and staff. In so doing they have been contributing to the intergenerational history of Ngāi Tahu involvement with the museum (and its famous Waitangi Day commemorations) that stretches back almost half a century.

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When I heard that Andrew Crowe was the author of a new book about Polynesian voyaging, I must admit that I was both surprised and intrigued. I am a fan of many of his books about New Zealand plants and birds, and therefore I immediately connected the reference to birds in the title of this book with his previous works. With keen interest I embarked on the journey of reading this well-presented book, drawn in by the image of a modern waka hourua on the cover, and backed up by the fantastic and helpful reference map of the Pacific on the inside sleeve.

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Hokia ki tō Mauka

Iaean says, “When I came back from Outward Bound, Craig and I had a bit of a brainstorm and decided Outward Bound was awesome, but it didn’t have that kaupapa Māori element, tikanga Māori, whakataukī, kīwaha, the stories of the place that give a sense of belonging.”

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Black wave strikes at waka ama world champs

The medal dominance of Team Aotearoa at the Va’a World  Waka Ama Sprint Championships has been described as a ‘black wave’. Aoraki Matatū paddler Craig Pauling (Ngāi Tahu – Taumutu), says the Tahitian media commented frequently on the New Zealanders performance. “People kept talking about a ‘black wave’ because Tahiti had never been beaten at…

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Ngāi Tahu waka ama paddlers take on the world

A waka ama team with proud Ngāi Tahu connections is set to compete in the IVF Va’a World Club Sprint Championships in Australia in May 2016. The team, Aoraki Matatū, from the Te Waka Pounamu club based in Whakaraupō / Lyttelton Harbour, will be competing in the Masters V6 500m & 1000m competitions, and they…

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Ara mai he toa kura – a rising star

It’s been a clean sweep for 11-year-old Mihiroa Pauling this summer. Not only did she achieve her first national title at the New Zealand Junior Surf Life Saving Championships (Oceans’ 16) taking out the U12 Women’s Beach Flags event, but she also won gold for Beach Flags at the South Island and Canterbury competitions. As well as blitzing the flags, at the recent Canterbury champs she also won gold in the mixed relay, and silver for her beach sprint.

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