Vaka Marumaru Atua voyagers Pounamu Tipiwai-Chambers from Cook Islands Voyaging Society, Pareu Pera from Kōrero o te ‘Ōrau and Tuaineiti Ngamata from Te Puna Marama returned to Rarotonga late last week. Picture: JACKIE RONGO/22070409
Vaka Marumaru Atua and her crew arrived home in Rarotonga late Thursday night after 23 days away on a voyage to Suwarrow.
The Vaka remained docked at Avatiu wharf overnight
before heading to Avarua wharf at first light the following day.
The Vaka had departed on June 7 with Cook Islands
Voyaging Society (CIVS) crew and members of Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) on board to
continue a two-week Rat Eradication programme on the island of Suwarrow (a bird
On its return to Rarotonga the Vaka detoured to
Palmerston Island for a couple of days to wait out unfavourable weather
Due to the Covid-19 protocols, the vaka anchored off
Palmerston and none of the crew disembarked.
The Vaka was met at sea by the mayor of Palmerston
Bill Marsters and Caroline Marsters who is a member of Kōrero o te 'Ōrau and
was part of the UNESCO Teretereanga Vaka programme that sailed from Rarotonga
to Aitutaki last year.
CIVS said they were grateful to the Palmerston Island
Council for allowing the Vaka to anchor and for the generous supply of fish,
nu, akari and lime.
During the voyage one of the crew members Vavia Puapii
celebrated his 16th birthday. This was his second voyage having
participated in the UNESCO Aitutaki Teretereanga Vaka programme earlier this
Leaving Palmerston, the winds turned in their favour and
the Vaka arrived here earlier than they initially expected.