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Nga Mihi nui ki a koutou! Welcome to Arawai's blog on kaupapa waka in Aotearoa and the Pacific with particular emphasis on the waka hourua "Te Aurere" and Te Tai Tokerau Tarai Waka Inc. The focus here will largely be on non-commercial news. For news of the cultural tourism operation of the waka click here to go to our Facebook page.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The maiden voyage down to Auckland is being captained by Stan Conrad who will be in an ideal position to compare the impact of the different hull design on Ngahiraka (a "V" shape) compared with rounded hull of Te Aurere.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Aurere will remain the home-base of operations for Tarai Waka with a major focus on waka building and carving led by Hekenukumai and Hemi Eruera. This will include setting up a new carving school. Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti will also be based at Aurere using the mooring in Mangonui Harbour. Ngahiraka will be used for sailing during wananga at Aurere and from time to time may operate out of Tauranga.
Auckland will become the main centre for Tarai Waka's sail training led by Stan Conrad using Te Aurere. The waka is now based at the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum and will begin a cultural tourism operation on 3rd January 2011.
In Tauranga, Jack Thatcher has set up a new Trust "Nga Kuri a Tarawhata Waka Society" with a special focus on navigation. Jack will run wananga in Tauranga as well as participating in Tarai Waka wananga at Aurere.
This three site strategy maintains the overall integrity of Tarai Waka while reducing the travel demands placed on Jack and Stan.