After many months of planning and training the time for the sail to Rapa Nui is almost upon us. For Te Tai Tokerau Tarai Waka Inc. and partner New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute the many months spent planning are soon to reach fruition. August 17th. 2012 is the departure date. Place for departure is the Viaduct, Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland).
The voyage has been given the name ‘Waka Tapu’ , Te Aurere is the Waka Tapu and the Tapu will be lifted when it reaches Rapa Nui (Easter Island). You can find out more about the voyage by logging on at www.wakatapu.com or once the voyage has commenced you will be able to follow progress by logging on to www.teaurere.org.nz and clicking on ‘Waka Tracker’.
Both Te Aurere and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti will be on the voyage and will call at such places as Tahiti and Rarotonga on the return voyage. There will be 12 crew on each waka, male only on Te Aurere until the Tapu is lifted at Rapa Nui, then female crew members will be on Te Aurere as well as Ngahiraka.
We are really excited about this voyage as for us it will close the Polynesian Triangle. This is something we have wanted to do for many years but had proved too difficult. Now with NZMACI on board our dream is about to come true. Hekenukumai is planning to be aboard Te Aurere when it sails in to Rapa Nui. Then for him his dream will be complete.
What an historic voyage this is going to be as it is unclear when a traditional Maori sailing waka from Aotearoa made this voyage last. All we know is that it would have been many centuries ago. So, be part of this journey and follow progress as above. If you wish to send messages send them to email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see that they are passed on.
We are pleased and honored that a contingence from Hawai’i will be in Aotearoa for the departure. The Hawaiian’s sailed to Rapa Nui from Hawai’i a few years ago. What a real honour to have them with us on the day.
Well that’s it for now. Take care and be good to each other.
Noho ora mai