CIVS education and development manager Sam Timoko hopes the workshops will create more awareness about voyaging and inspire the next generation of voyagers. Timoko was joined at the school by CIVS voyaging manager Alex Olah.
The pair carried out a 30-minute presentation to around 80 students from years one to four. A short prayer opened the presentation, followed by an introduction from Timoko. Then came a short speech from Olah. Both men are voyaging captains and they each touched on their experiences at sea. They described how it was “a part of who we are”.
The students then watched excerpts from a film titled Te Mana o te Moana – The Pacific Voyagers. The film was produced by Maori Television in New Zealand and directed by Anna Marbrook and Mike Single. It covers the epic two-year voyage of seven, 22-metre waka as they traverse the Pacific Ocean, reviving the sailing and navigational prowess of their ancestors.
The Cook Islands own national treasure, Marumaru Atua, also features in the film. The vaka is expected to be back on the water by next year, following a devastating fire in September last year which destroyed one of its hulls.
Timoko and Olah will return to Apii Nikao in two weeks’ time to present the workshop to students from years five and six.
The programme will be carried out in primary and secondary schools throughout Rarotonga over the coming months.