Haunui Waka has set sail on a journey across the Pacific Ocean to bring traditional wayfinding back to Norfolk Island. The home people of Norfolk says it's a day that's long been awaited by them.
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Wellingtonians will be treated to a waka spectacle like no other in the first waka theatre performance of its kind in Aotearoa that will honour the ancient navigator Kupe. Over 1000 haka performers and four-waka hourua from across Aotearoa and the Pacific will be taking part in the hope of sharing and educating locals in the ancient practice.
In preparation for the premiere tomorrow night, winners of the online song competition and an Air New Zealand competition for the Māori language version of Moana were treated to an interactive tour of traditional Māori voyaging canoe Haunui waka and a star dome session located inside the Maritime Museum in Auckland with master navigator Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr.
For his contributions towards all art forms pertaining to Waka Moana, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr was celebrated last night at the Te Waka Toi Awards in Rotorua. This year marks the awards 30th year celebrating Māori art practitioners.