In response to public demand, a second screening of the moving documentary of seven waka sailing across the Pacific Ocean will rescreen this weekend at MTG’s Century Theatre. Te Mana O Te Moana - The Pacific Voyagers follows the epic journey of seven waka, their sailors and navigators as they navigate the Pacific.
Peoples of the Pacific have a deep connection to the ocean, the environment and the land. The moana (sea) connects whanau (family) across the Pacific and for thousands of years one tradition has laid the foundation for the cultures and lives on the islands - ocean voyaging.
The vision to continue learning the ancient arts became a reality when seven new waka, or canoes called Vaka Moana (canoes of the ocean) were built in 2009 in Aotearoa (New Zealand). The aim of this voyage, known as Te Mana o te Moana (The Spirit of the Ocean) which the film takes its name from, was to reconnect with the traditions, with Pacific communities and with the ocean. This documentary is a must see for anyone wondering what the arrival of tangata whenua to New Zealand may have been like. Piripi Smith from Waka Experience will introduce the film.
What: Te Mana O Te Moana - The Pacific Voyagers
Where: MTG Century Theatre, Napier
When: Sunday 12 July 2pm