We are a nation of voyagers. Our ancestors crossed oceans to find this place we call home. Join us as we rediscover our voyaging past, our place in the Pacific and a way to a better future.

Haere mai, come on board A Waka Odyssey.

From November, join a fleet of Pacific sailing waka and a fearless crew of voyaging heroes on an adventure of a lifetime, as the stars guide them from far across the Pacific Ocean and around Aotearoa towards Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington.

Then be a part of history in the making, as a majestic waka fleet takes centre-stage in the extraordinary 2018 New Zealand Festival opening night spectacle Kupe, on Friday 23 February 2018.

Inspired by the great explorer and navigator Kupe’s arrival in Aotearoa, this free, whānau-friendly spectacular is a landmark celebration of our shared voyaging history.

Join a cast of thousands on Wellington’s stunning waterfront at dusk as the sounds of the Pacific surround us in a theatrical extravaganza featuring performers, mass choir, a thousand-strong haka, a musical score by Warren Maxwell (Trinity Roots, Little Bushman) and the public.

For further information: www.festival.co.nz/2018/events/waka-odyssey 

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This article gives an introduction to the many resources on the hubs covering the celestial sphere and the star compass, discover how to navigate by stars, the Moon, the Sun, ocean swells and bird life. Read about waka hourua – the double-hulled canoes used for such voyages – and about the waka revival in New Zealand.

This article and accompanying video has information on the revival on Māori astronomy, critical to successful waka navigation.

See these related events Voyaging across the Pacific, Kupe: New Zealand Festival eventsCelestial navigation with Piripi Smith and Oceans in peril.

Useful links

Go here to download a great teacher resources kit designed to accompany A waka odyssey.

Hear New Zealand Festival Director Shelagh Magadza share details in this RNZ Morning Report interview.

See video and images in this news article from Stuff.


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