WAKA TAPU sailing canoes stopover in Moorea (French Polynesia) - Cook Bay
In late August 2012, a historically significant voyage will begin, leaving the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand and destined for Rapanui (Easter Island).
There is no knowledge as to whether this voyage has been attempted before and it is the last remaining leg of the Polynesian Triangle to be conquered -
using traditional, non-instrument-navigation techniques in modern-day times. This voyage – covering over 10,000 nautical miles on traditional double-hulled sailing canoes – will be an immense source of pride for New Zealanders and people throughout the world connected by the Pacific Ocean.
The principal waka on this voyage will be Te Aurere, a double-hulled sailing canoe (waka hourua) carved by Hekenukumai (Hector) Busby in the early 1990s.
Supporting the historic voyage will be Busby’s second waka hourua, Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti, named after his late wife. Given the significance of this project, Te Aurere will be consecrated to recognise the cultural and spiritual significance of the voyage. The waka will be made tapu and a stringent set of cultural restrictions put in place for the journey to Rapanui.
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