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At sea/welcoming Haunui

“Having some of our whānau from down here on board is a very significant thing. As years go by I think people will come to understand that. I don’t think that it has kicked into the mindsets and the thinking of many people that the arrival of a canoe like this is actually a huge event – something that hasn’t been done for hundreds and hundreds of years.

“I’m not too sure yet if the significance of that effort – in trying to emulate what our ancestors did – is fully realised yet.”

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Historic visit to Te Waipounamu for Haunui waka

   When Haunui sails down the east coast of Te Waipounamu this month, it will be  the first time in hundreds of years that an ocean-going waka hourua has been in  these waters, apart from a two-day wānanga in 2010. After completing a 25,000 nautical mile voyage as part of the seven-strong fleet  for Te…

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Postcard from the Pacific

For two years, Te Mana o te Moana fleet of seven waka sailed on an amazing journey. From Tāmaki-makau-rau, Aotearoa, the fleet sailed to Tahiti, Hawaii and San Francisco, down to the Galapagos Islands. Next was French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Fiji, and Vanuatu, and then the Solomon Islands for the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts in July, before sailing back to their home islands.

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