In less than 3 days we welcome our Cook Island vaka Marumaru Atua to Auckland THE BIGGEST POLYNESIAN CITY IN THE WORLD
This is a historical and exciting Event and we invite EVERYONE and all COOK ISLANDERS to join and make this celebration the most MEMORABLE. Aere mai.
A welcome powhiri for the 6 vakas – from Aotearoa, the Cook Islands, Hawaii, Samoa/Tonga and Fiji – will be performed by Ngati Whatua at Okahu Bay at 9am. After the vakas have landed, all crew members will be escorted by Ngati Whatua across Tamaki Drive to Okahu Domain for the Wero and official welcome ceremonies and tamataora.
Finally come and have fun with the team on Sunday. Wear your pareu shirts, your hats, your loud Cook Is singlets your maro and your eis – be a loud and proud Cook Islander – lets honor our vaka tumutoa and our nga vaine toa through the exciting culture we Cook Islanders are world renowned for – fun time people
The Mua Voyagers – 4 vakas from the Cook Islands (Marumaru Atua), Fiji (Uto Ni Yalo), Samoa/Tonga (Gaualofa) and Aotearoa (Haunui) voyaging canoes returning from the recent International Union of Conservation and Nature, IUCN World Parks Congress in Australia where they delivered a united ‘ voice of concern regarding issues facing our pacific islands in particular our ocean and environment.
Meeting the MUA Voyagers in Auckland are vaka Hokulea and Hikinalia who are on the second leg of Malama Honua World Wide Voyage.
Person(s) Groups wanting to perform or join in the performing teams contact;
Maki Karati:mob 022 378 2298
John Kiria: 021 0237 2246.
For further media enquiries please
contact Albert Numanga: 021 0469701
Donna Tamaariki,Ngati Whatua: 027 2847401 [email protected]
Sunday the 7th December.