Master Pwo Navigator Peia Patai (left) Waka builder and navigator from Aotearoa New Zealand, Heemi Eruera. 23011713
Te Puna Marama Voyaging Foundation will continue its Iriiri Kapua No Runga i te Tuku Kaveinga Maori a te Ui Tupuna (workshop series and discussions on how our ancestors navigated), early next month.
Thanks to the support of the Pawanka Fund and their
language revitalization grant, the chairman of the charitable trust Cook
Islands Master (Pwo) navigator Peia Patai and trustees Cecile Marten and Maara
Maeva will head off to Aotearoa New Zealand on February 8th to
reconnect and engage with Te Toki Voyaging and voyagers.
Discussions will also be held in the collection and
documentation of indigenous Cook Islands Star Names/Celestial names translation
and accepted use of Cook Island Star names and other navigational names to be
used for teaching of navigation.
The United Nations has designated the period 2022 to
2023 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (the International
Decade) recognising how important it is to raise awareness of the crucial role
languages play in people's daily lives.
Patai said: “We are grateful for the support of the Pawanka Fund which will also facilitate the translation of Te Puna Marama training programmes into Reo Maori.”
Heemi Eruera and Peia Patai look over the work done on the vaka. 23011711
After a break in the weather, repair work on the Vaka
Motu resumed early this month.
The vaka will be renamed “Paikea” at a blessing
ceremony on April 14th followed by the maiden sail with her new name
to the ancestral of Paikea - Mauke Akatokamanava. A training workshop on
voyaging will also be held on Mauke.
Te Puna Marama are also looking for crew and captains to train for their programmes and future exchanges with Aotearoa and Hawaii, no experience is required as full training will be done.
Those who are interested in learning to sail and
navigating and would like to be part of their upcoming programmes can message
the group via Facebook.
Last week, Te Puna Marama celebrated its first year
anniversary - 2022 was a busy year with
the presentations of its first training programmes, workshops and delivery of
the vaka Okeanos WaaQab.
Aotearoa waka builder and navigator, Heemi Eruera who
was visiting the island earlier this month also popped in to see how work on
the vaka was going and to meet up again with some of the crew.
Te Puna Marama has a long-term goal to open pathways
for career opportunities in the maritime sector for young people.