Cook Islands Voyaging Society's Sam Timoko, and Teina MacKenzie admire ei adorning vaka Te Marumaru Atua after it was safely lifted onto dry dock Tuesday. Behind them, Society president Ian Karika inspects the damaged vaka. 17090518
A givealittle page set up to raise money for the restoration of vaka Te Marumaru Atua has already raised over $2,600 thanks to 27 generous donors.
Society members hope donations will continue to come in so that they can get their “mama vaka” back into the water before too long.
The page was set up earlier this week and will run until November 30.
The full extent of the damage to vaka Marumaru Atua is yet to be determined. The voyaging society’s Thomas Wynne says although the vessel is buoyant and watertight, the hull is severely burnt inside and toxic.
He says the cause of the fire is unknown.
“We await the investigations by the fire service.”
Cook Islands Voyaging Society member Cecile Marten, says on the vaka’s givealittle page: “We need to do a massive repair job and refit to get her seaworthy again and to continue our Cook Islands voyaging legacy, so we are asking for support from our friends around the world to lend a hand if you possibly can, to restore a Cook Islands national treasure.”
“Even though we are separated by Moana Nui O Kiva (the Pacific Ocean), it is the ocean that connects and binds us. We have already received so many messages of support, and wonderful pledges of assistance from those wanting to help.
“Funds raised will be used to repair the damage sustained to our beautiful vaka so she may continue her work throughout the Cook Islands and Pacific.”
Donations to the Voyaging Society can be made via https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/helpmarumaruatua