Since the 1960s, there has been a revival of investigation and interest into traditional navigation and Pacific voyaging techniques and technologies. The Central Auckland Research Centre holds several books in its Te Kohinga Matua section that document studies which have strengthened the knowledge in this area.
This voyage, named Waka Tapu, was the dream of Doubtless Bay master waka-builder Hekenukumai Busby, who built and carved the waka hourua. The waka which brought early Polynesian explorers across the Pacific and to NZ would have looked similar.
|Ref: 1-W1339, photograph of a painting by Kennett Watkins, showing a group of 6 canoes leaving Rarotonga for New Zealand in AD 1350, Sir George Grey Special Collections.|
Author: Emma Chapman, Central Auckland Research Centre