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nau mai, haere mai ki kaupapa on the couch. he mäoritanga te kaupapa o te rä nei! many of us when we give our pepeha we talk about our waka. we acknowledge the vessel that brought our ancestors from hawaiki here to aotearoa. so for me - ko ngäti whätua o kaipara te iwi, ko mähuhu-ki-te-rangi te waka. there are more than 50 ancient waka recorded in different oral histories in aotearoa. some of them brought explorers and migrants,
and some of them brought supplies and then went right back to hawaiki. you canâ€™t find hawaiki on a map by the way, as a physical place its location has been lost, although itâ€™s thought that it could be an island or group of islands where the language and traditions are a lot like ours â€“ like the cook islands, or tahiti, or hawaii
some ethnographers think the great migration came from south east asia and some have made the argument for our ancestors coming all the way from india or even mespat-ahh... mespot... mespotame... does any one know how to pronouce the name 'mesopotamia'? but just because we canâ€™t locate it on a map, it doesnâ€™t mean it's not real. and itâ€™s a spiritual place too. itâ€™s the source... it's where our babies come from, and it's where our spirits go when we die
hawaiki-nui, hawaiki-roa, hawaiki-pämamao the first explorer to reach aotearoa from hawaiki, was kupe. legend tells us that a thousand years ago kupe sailed here chasing a wheke, a giant octopus. his wife kura-maro-tini was worried for her husband and begged him to send his crew instead, but kupe insisted he must chase the wheke. worried that she would never see him again, kura-maro-tini decided that she would go with him so kupe, kura-maro-tini, their five daughters and their crew set sail to face the danger together. of course another story says he sailed here with 300 of his people looking for a new country to start a new life.
itâ€™s said when they got here, they startled a huge wheke and they had to battle its many tentacles before they could land. whatever the telling, kupe was undoubtedly a badass ocean voyager who navigated safely all the way to aotearoa using the ancient matauranga of wayfinding â€“ sailing by the stars, the waves, the clouds, the sealife, and the mana of tangaroa, across moana-nui-a-kiwa to settle here in aotearoa. and i guess he had a thing for octopuses. this is what we picture when we hear the word waka â€“ proud paddlers sitting in a row, in a long single hulled vessel.
um, iâ€™ve seen a waka and you definitely couldnâ€™t sail overseas in something that small. there are many types of waka: waka tä“tä“, which is sturdy for fishing. waka tä«wai which is light and fast for rivers. the most commonly recognisable is probably waka taua, the war vessel. but of course you couldnâ€™t voyage thousandsof miles over rough seas in one of those. our ancestors came here in one of these waka hourua, a double-hulled sailing vessel. the ancient art of building, sailing and navigating in waka hourua
was lost to us here in aotearoa for many years once settled, iwi would have no longer needed them for long voyages so the waka were interred, returned to papatå«änuku. so how did we get that knowledge back? thanks to the collective sharing of knowledge fromother masters of wayfinding from other polynesian countries; reminding us of our shared whakapapa and the links,and the oceans, that connect us all. the man that went searching for that knowledge is heke-nuku-mai-nga-iwi busby, other wise known as hec. hec revitalised the practise of mäori ocean voyaging after being inspired by the håkå«leâ€˜a,
a replica of a hawaiian ocean voyaging waka that visited aotearoa in 1985. a master builder and craftsman, hec soon began work building his own waka hourua using kauri felled in the herekino forest (with appropriate karakia to täne mahuta of course) which he named te aurere, after the place it was built in the far north. under the tutelage of mau piailug from the caroline islands who learned the ways from his grandfather, and nainoa thomson, the håkå«leâ€˜a navigator from hawaii,
hec and his crew set out on their maiden voyage in 1992 to rarotonga, sailing exactly the way that their ancestors did... no sat nav! after a very successful first voyage, in 1995 they sailed to raiätea, in tahiti, and years later in 2012 they acheived hec's dream of completing the polynesian triangle, the three furthest points of polynesia, by sailing to rapa nui, easter island. thanks to mau passing down his knowledge to all of the crew on that first voyage,
instead of just one apprentice as tradition dictates, hec and the crew of te aurere have now passedtheir knowledge onto many more people and the number of people learning celestial navigation and wayfinding is growing every year. if youâ€™re interested in learning more about waka, youâ€™re in luck: it's waka season baby! in late february, during the new zealand festival, master wayfinder hoturoa barclay-kerr and the haunui waka will be leading the biggest waka flotilla to hit our shores since kupe... from auckland to wellington, with voyagers from all over the pacific.
whoâ€™s really amped to get on a waka now? comment below. ka kite au ki a koutou katoa a tä“rä marama, i'll see you next month for another episode of kaupapa on the couch.