The tiare apetahi is a rare flower that can only be grown in the Tahitian island of Ra'īatea. Now endangered, the plant is heavily protected, and its legend has a spiritual connection to Māori.
There were tears of joy shed with NZ women paddlers humbled with the results of their final races.
When eyes first meet the paddlers from Redcliffe, there’s no mistaking their Māori origins. Naturally, the assumption is they, like the rest of the 500-odd strong contingent from Aotearoa, are in Tahiti paddling for their country. But it’s the green and gold tops they flaunt that confuses the onlooker.
A double-hulled canoe is being carved from stone by local Tahiti carver Tamari'i Cere, marking the 18th IVF Va'a World Sprint Championships in Tahiti.
Marama Elkington's win was celebrated with a haka by whānau and friends after beating long-time Tahitian champion Hinatea Bernadino in the Open Women 500m Sprint today. With only a tenth of a second between Elkington and Bernadino, supporters cried tears of joy as the humble paddler was welcomed through the holding tent met with hugs and kisses.
The New Zealand para team are proud of their achievements at this years IVF Va'a World Sprint Championships in Pape'ete Tahiti. The V12 mixed team claiming gold in the 500m final, the first time a para team from New Zealand has made the number one spot.