Te waka hourua | Waka hourua

Te Hourua e … whakarongo mai ki te tangi a te mātui, tuituia,
— Tākuta Wayne Ngata

Te Hourua … pay heed to the call of the bush wren yonder. Unite, bond together.
— Doctor Wayne Ngata

Ngā kaiwhakatere rongonui o te ao

Ko ō tātou tūpuna o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa ētahi o ngā tino kaiwhakatere o te ao katoa. I hōpara rātou i te moana uriuri me ngā moutere i roto, i tua atu hoki.

Kua tukuna iho tō rātou mōhiotanga, ō rātou pūkenga, mā roto i ngā whakatupuranga.

Mā te noho tahi — i runga i tētahi waka, mā te penapena i ngā rauemi — ka mārama haere koe ki ngā tino tikanga mana nui ka taea te ako i roto i whakatere waka. Kua riro mā tātou anō te ao e tiaki, tae atu ki ōna tāngata.

Tā Hekenukumai ('Tā Hec') Puhipi's compass shows where the sun, moon, and stars set and rise.
Image credit: Tā Hec's compass from 'Voyaging from the past into the future' by Education Gazette editors. Education Gazette 98.1. Ministry of Education. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Colour photograph of Tā Hec’s compass showing a waka in the center and dial lines of the stars, sun, and moon locations.

Waka hourua sailing in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa | Poverty Bay.
Image credit: The waka hourua (double-hulled canoe) Te Aurere in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay, 2009 by NZME/Nicola Topping. New Zealand Media and Entertainment. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Colour photograph of 2 waka (Te Au-o-Tonga and Te Aurere) with crew on board sailing in Poverty Bay.

World's greatest navigators

Our Pacific ancestors are the world's greatest voyagers. They explored the vast ocean and islands around them, and beyond.

Their knowledge and skill have been passed on through generations.

Living on a waka — working together, conserving resources — you start to understand the powerful values we can learn from voyaging. It's up to us to protect the planet and its people.

He waka he motu, he motu he waka | Our canoe is our island, our island is our canoe

He wa'a he moku, he moku he wa'a.
— He whakataukī tēnei nō Hawai'i | Hawaiian proverb

Ngāhiraka Mai Tawhiti, a traditional double-hulled waka, named after Tā Hec's late wife.
Image credit: Ngāhiraka Mai Tawhiti from 'Voyaging from the past into the future' by Education Gazette editors. Education Gazette 98.1. Ministry of Education. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Colour photograph of waka hourua Ngāhiraka Mai Tawhiti sailing on the ocean with crew on board.

Master navigator Jack Thatcher teaching on board Ngāhiraka Mai Tawhiti.

Image credit: Master navigator Jack Thatcher from 'Voyaging from the past into the future' by Education Gazette editors. Education Gazette 98.1. Ministry of Education. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Colour photograph showing navigator Jack Thatcher teaching a student on board Ngāhiraka Mai Tawhiti on the ocean.

Ngā wahanga o te waka hourua | Parts of a waka hourua

Colour illustrated diagram of a waka hourua with annotations of its parts in te reo Māori and English. Described under the heading 'Waka hourua diagram description'.
  • Waka hourua diagram description

    Here's a description of the diagram, starting with the rā taunaki (mizzen) at the rear, upper side of the waka, and continuing in a clockwise direction:

    • A rā taunaki (mizzen) is attached on its left side to the rākau (boom) and on its right to the pou manawa (mast).
    • A rā matua (mainsail) is attached to the pou tāhū (mast) on its right side and secured at the front of the waka by taura (rope).
    • Two manu (bowsprits) are at the front of the waka.
    • A whare (house) sits beneath the sails near the front of the waka on the papa (deck).
    • A number of kiato (crossbeams) sit on top of the rauawa (gunwales) beneath the papa (deck).
    • Rauawa (gunwales) are attached to the hiwi (hull).
    • A hoe tere (steering paddle) at the rear of the waka sits between 2 taurapa (stern posts).

Waka hourua diagram description

Here's a description of the diagram, starting with the rā taunaki (mizzen) at the rear, upper side of the waka, and continuing in a clockwise direction:

  • A rā taunaki (mizzen) is attached on its left side to the rākau (boom) and on its right to the pou manawa (mast).
  • A rā matua (mainsail) is attached to the pou tāhū (mast) on its right side and secured at the front of the waka by taura (rope).
  • Two manu (bowsprits) are at the front of the waka.
  • A whare (house) sits beneath the sails near the front of the waka on the papa (deck).
  • A number of kiato (crossbeams) sit on top of the rauawa (gunwales) beneath the papa (deck).
  • Rauawa (gunwales) are attached to the hiwi (hull).
  • A hoe tere (steering paddle) at the rear of the waka sits between 2 taurapa (stern posts).