Te Hau Kōmaru

National Waka Hourua Festival
19-23 May 2021

Tēnā koutou. E mihi nei ki a koutou i roto i te āhuatanga o te wā. E mihi nei ki ngā tini aitua kei ngā hau e wha o tō tātou motu. Welcome to the first National Waka Hourua Festival Te Hau Kōmaru.

Raising awareness about waka hourua and all the things connected to it.

Waka Matauranga

Voyaging - Creative Arts - Astronomy - Hauora - Environmental Awareness - Community Connectivity

By the end of the festival we hope to have increased people's understanding of the types of knowledge systems associated with this practice and to see learning pathways developed that all young people in Aotearoa are able to follow.

Waka arrival into Tauranga Harbour
Due at 11am Wednesday 19 May

Get a good view of the Waka Hourua Flotilla as they enter into Tauranga Harbour The best viewing wil be from Mauao, Moturiki, Waikorire (Pilot Bay), Mount Main Beach, Tay Street Beach, Omanu Beach and Tauranga Bridge Marina. Times will vary at each.

Te Terenga Waka Workshops for Schools
Thurs 20 & Fri 21 May
Tauranga Bridge Marina

School kids will have the chance to explore the waka and learn about Pacific voyaging. There will be activities for all ages. Morning and afternoon sessions available - schools must book in advance. The event is still open to the public on these days.

"Waka, Wa'a, Vaka, Va'a"
14-24 May
Tauranga City Library

CHECK OUT our collection and display of library resources based on the theme Waka. DOWNLOAD our booklist on waka. GO TO Pae Korokī our digital archives online to view historical images, narratives, and recordings on waka. Keywords: Waka, ancestral seafarers, double-hulled canoe, ocean voyaging, navigation at sea, stars, waka building. FOLLOW us on Facebook or VISIT one of our libraries and celebrate all things waka.

Te Terenga Waka Workshops for Public
Thurs 20 & Fri 21 May

Come down and enjoy an afternoon exploring the waka, learning about the stars, navigation and Pacific voyaging with stardome and star compass.

Waka Open Day
22 May 2021
Tauranga Bridge Marina

Bring along your family and friends to enjoy a day exploring the waka. Go on a short sail on a waka taurua, paddle with family and friends on a waka tete (single hull canoe). Learn about celestial navigation and Pacific voyaging. Listen to waka crew members stories. There will be food stalls and entertainment all day long. Nau mai, haere mai. All are welcome.