Tauranga Moana implement waka voyaging for youth

  • Waikato/Te Waiariki

He wānanga waka ki Tauranga e karangatia ana ko Te Kura o Ngā Kuri o Tarawhata e whakahou ana i ngā tikanga whakatere waka i waenga i ngā rangatahi. Hei tā te kaiako, tā  te kaiako, a Jacko Thatcher kei te itiiti noa ngā mātauranga e pā ana ki tēnei tikanga, ā, ko te manako ka kore rawa tēnei taonga tukuiho e totohu.  

Ko Jacko Thatcher he kaihautū waka, i te ao i te pō. Kua roa tēnei uri o Tangaroa e ako ana i ngā tikanga waka. He tikanga e mimiti haere ana, ko tā Jacko he whāngai i ōna mātauranga ki ngā rangatahi.

“All the students are keen, they're wanting to learn, and are I suppose are brave enough to want to have a go at all those things that make this a unique experience for them. Some of them may not have had this type of experience before.”

Mo ngā marama e ono tēnei wānanga whakamātau o Te Kura o ngā Kuri a Tarawhata e haere ana. Nōnā tata nei i whakaangi atu ngā tauira tekau ma rima neke atu nei ki te Tairāwhiti. 

“It's been awesome we had a great time, it's been totally awesome connecting with Tairāwhiti. We went to Wharekahika first, then down to Tokomaru, then into Uawa and lastly Gisborne and we probably had 300 or 400 kids apart of the programme during that time where they came on board”, hei tā Thatcher.

Nā te pūtea tautoko a Creative NZ, Toi Māori me ngā tauira anō, e anga whakamua ana te moemoeā a Jack.

Hei tā Thatcher, “The Kura will be going for four years at least to graduate a new generation of navigators who will be keeping the legacy of Mau Piailug alive and their graduation will be in them all navigating Ngāhiraka to Micronesia.”

He kai ā-ngākau nō Jacko me tana hapori, e mea ana ia me kaha tātou te whakarauora anō.

“It's important to keep old knowledge alive. It's important so that we know what our heritage is, we know and can be proud of our tupuna because there's just too much, I suppose other things that get in the way of that.”