Aotearoa New Zealand’s Minister for Māori Development, Willie Jackson, Makea Karika George Ariki, Vaka Marumaru Atua captain Deon Wong, crew and guests. NZHC/23071412
The Vaka Marumaru Atua Cook Islands Voyaging Society (CIVS) were thrilled to have Aotearoa New Zealand’s Minister for Māori Development, Willie Jackson and Aotearoa Film Director/Writer/Producer Te Arepa Kahi on board for a brief sail.
Captain Deon Wong said the short cruise at sea was an
opportunity to share with the Minister and guests, the resilience and beauty of
Also on board for the sail on Thursday were Makea
Karika George Ariki, master carver Mike Tavioni, CIVS president Ian Karika,
Nick Henry and New Zealand High Commission staff and the hard working voluntary
Earlier this month, Cook Islander Johnson Raela, host
of the new ABC Australia TV show ‘The Pacific’ was a special guest on board to
film a piece about Marumaru Atua and Cook Islands Voyaging Society.
The Northcote Intermediate School from Aotearoa also
experienced several ocean sails on the vaka.
In the lead up to the Digitisation Kit arriving at the
end of this month, the Society is asking members of the public who have old
video tapes/cds/dvds or hard drives of vaka related material to contact them.
Digital copies for future access can be done with the digitisation
Videos of the Vaka Te Au O Tonga (The Mist of the
South) launch in 1994 being hand carried from Avatiu valley to the sea will be
The Society have also been conducting an education
outreach programme at Apii Takitumu School to teach the kids about the history
of the vaka.
The children were also invited on board the vaka for a
site visit and more lessons on navigation.
During the school holidays in a few weeks’ time, Marumaru
Atua is scheduled to sail to Atiu for the Kōrero o te 'Ōrau 'Ātui'anga ki te
Tango school holiday programme.
For the past few years, these programmes have
embracing the significance of voyaging in our history and culture, and the
students are given the opportunity to sail on the vaka.
Students from Atiu will also have the opportunity to
sail to Rarotonga for the exchange programme.