Rebuilding an icon

Wednesday February 06, 2019 Written by Published in Culture

A small team of hard-working volunteers are putting in a great deal of time and effort to rebuild Vaka Marumaru Atua in Auckland, New Zealand.


“This would not be possible without the permission of Lloyd Stevenson’s who have been kind enough to allow us to work in their yard,” says secretary of the Cook Islands Voyaging Society (CIVS), Cecile Martin.

“We are very fortunate that Lloyd’s has allowed us the privilege to bring in volunteers to help keep the costs down; they have worked on beams, hull sanding and stripping down the steering paddle and masts.”

Last week the foredeck and main deck was infused and the deck repair and deck box vent on the port hull is now completed.

Work on the hatch risers, hatches and engine girders were started on, and on fitting the diesel and coconut tanks, which involved removing the old solar electrical system.

Although CIVS have received two substantial grants, they are still fundraising to cover the balance of the costs such as safety gear, a new oven, electrical and plumbing work and other materials.

For those who are willing to give a donation or sponsorship please contact the following executive members: Rory Quirke, Alex Olah, Sam Timoko, Ian Karika or private message on their Facebook page.

The last major refit was in 2014 when Marumaru Atua returned from the World Parks Congress (WPC) in Sydney, to deliver the Pacific call for global action on climate change and oceans; this journey is known as the Mua voyage and involved the Vaka’s of Gaualofa from Samoa and Tonga, Marumaru Atua from the Cook Islands, Haunui from Aotearoa and Uto Ni Yalo from Fiji travelling from their homelands to the WPC in Australia.

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