Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Waka Celebrations for Waitangi

28 January 2013

Waka Celebrations for Waitangi

The brisk waters of the Bay of Islands (Te Pewhairangi) will once again be hosting ceremonial waka of all designs from around the country, along with international guests; Suquamish representatives from Seattle, Dutch Representatives from Leiden, Holland and the Ainu tangata whenua from Japan. All are part of a canoe culture.

Nga Waka Federation has been involved with cultural waka art form exchanges with the Native Americans over the last 3 years at their Tribal Canoe Journeys. This will hopefully continue well into the future as waka have a very positve effect on both cultures; physically, mentally and spiritually.

The Dutch from the Njord Royal Rowing Club in Leiden are also participating at this year's event. They along with the Museum Volkenkunde are the kaitiaki for the international waka taua Te Hono ki Aotearoa which participated at the Queens Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in June 2012 amongst 1000 other floatilla paddling on the River Thames.

The Dutch were also given the opportunity to paddle and demonstrate capabilities of their waka tētēkura called Tāhīmana (Abel Tasman) at the Frankfurt Festival held in Germany in August 2012 where New Zealand was the feature country.

Robert Gabel, Chair of Nga Waka Federation and main organizer for the Waitangi Waka Pageant says:

“Maintaining our relationships on a national and international scale is one of our strategies to push kaupapa waka above and beyond these shores. Having our international manuhiri stay with us at Tent City and experiencing our tikanga is something that they treasure for the rest of their lives.”

Joe Conrad, Nga Waka Federation member and Kaihautu (Captain) of Nga Toki Matawhaorua says:

“Dutch, Native Americans and the Ainu will be training on the largest waka we have which is Nga Toki Matawhaorua which can hold 80 paddlers. Other waka from Te Taitokerau will be participating and our tamawahine (women) can also participate on the waka tētēkura that will be made available to them.”

Waka leader Taituha Mamaku and crew from Mataatua rohe will be taking Hinemoana waka tētēkura to Waitangi along with other waka and crew from Te Arawa led by Pererika Mākiha.

Preparations usually begin one week out from the main day and this year Tent city will be established at the sports field on Haruru Falls Road. The Waitangi River will be used as the main training area for paddling waka and some waka will be stationed near the falls itself.

They will be part of an elaborate Waka celebration and demonstration of skill and technique in maneuvering two to three ton waka on the shores of Te Pēwhairangi, in front of Te Tii Marae, Waitangi on 6th February 2013.

About Toi Māori Aotearoa:
Toi Māori Aotearoa is a Charitable Trust set up by Māori Artists and is a national organisation for Māori art forms and its artists. It receives major funding from Te Waka Toi, the Māori Arts Board of Creative New Zealand.

Nga Waka Federation (NWF) Contacts and Organisers for Waitangi Waka pageant 2013

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Gordon Campbell: On Chuck Berry (And James Comey, And Bill English)

Back when many people were still treating rock’n’roll as a passing fad – was calypso going to be the new thing? – Chuck Berry knew that it had changed popular music forever. What is even more astonishing is that this 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis could manage to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented. More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki

Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: We’re All Lab Rats

A couple of years ago, there were reports that Silicon Valley executives were sending their children to tech-free schools. It was a story that dripped of irony: geeks in the heart of techno-utopia rejecting their ideology when it came to their own kids. But the story didn’t catch on, and an awkward question lingered. Why were the engineers of the future desperate to part their gadgets from their children? More>>

  • CensusAtSchool - Most kids have no screen-time limits
  • Netsafe - Half of NZ high school students unsupervised online

  • Obituary: Andrew Little Remembers Murray Ball

    “Murray mined a rich vein of New Zealand popular culture and exported it to the world. Wal and Dog and all the other Kiwi characters he crafted through Footrot Flats were hugely popular here and in Australia, Europe and North America." More>>

    ALSO:

    Organised Choas: NZ Fringe Festival 2017 Awards

    Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah! More>>

    ALSO:

    Wellington.Scoop: Wellington Writer Wins $US165,000 Literature Prize

    Victoria University of Wellington staff member and alumna Ashleigh Young has won a prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize worth USD$165,000 for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? More>>

    ALSO:

    Scoop Review Of Books: Excerpt - Ice Bear: The Cultural History Of An Arctic Icon

    “During the last decade the image of the polar bear has moved in the public imagination from being an icon of strength, independence and survival in one of the most climatically extreme of world environments, to that of fragility, vulnerability and more generally of a global environmental crisis.” More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news