Godspeed as Marumaru Atua voyages to Aitutaki

Thursday December 05, 2019 Written by Published in Local
Eileen and Ashleigh Chaloner bear pumpkins. 19120454. Eileen and Ashleigh Chaloner bear pumpkins. 19120454.

Eileen and Ashleigh Chaloner donated pumpkins to Vaka Marumaru Atua for its voyage to Aitutaki this morning – among the many wellwishers as the vaka sets out on its furthest voyage north since its fire.

 

The sisters saw the post asking the community for donations on the Rarotonga community and beyond Facebook page.

“We like to help out when we can, our vaka has done amazing journeys, its good to see she is taken care of and is visiting the Pa Enua,” said Ashleigh.

Captain Sam Timoko said they are scheduled to depart at 9am today from Avana Harbour, with eight crew.

The trip to Aitutaki is to showcase the vaka to the island’s community and school students, “to share her with the islands of the Pa Enua”.

Since Marumaru Atua’s return from New Zealand, a 19-day journey in June, she has sailed to the islands of Manuae and Takutea, chartered by Ministry of Marine Resources.

In 2017, a fire caused severe damage to Marumaru Atua. The vaka sustained significant damage which required a new hull to be built. 

Marumaru Atua will leave the shores of Aitutaki next Tuesday, to return to Rarotonga. 

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