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Nga Tāonga – Sound & Vision Screening and Q+A


Thu 5 Feb 2015, 1:00pm

Where: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Domain Dr, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Auckland Museum

To commemorate the 175th anniversary of the signing of te Tiriti o Waitangi we are delighted to partner with Nga Tāonga – Sound & Vision to screen two short documentaries. The films, which both depict monumental waka voyages, look back at some of the momentous celebrations of Māori self-determination of the last century and reflect on the Treaty of Waitangi.

Pita Turei, director of Waka: The Awakening Dream, will be present for a Q&A session following the screening.

Rere Ki Uta Rere Ki Tai: The Voyage (1988, 29mins)
In December 1986, 100 Māori and Pākehā men paddled the historic waka taua, Ngātokimatawhaorua, 70 kilometres from Waitangi to Whangaroa in celebration of the Whangaroa County Centennial. This arduous 10 hour non-stop journey is the subject of Rere Ki Uta Rere Ki Tai: The Voyage (1988). The film, which was directed by Tainui Stephens, documents the men’s spiritual and physical journey, from their preparations through to their arrival in Whangaroa.

Waka: The Awakening Dream (1990, 50mins)
Waka: The Awakening Dream (1990), directed by Pita Turei, focuses on another commemorative convergence of waka taua. In the late 1930s Princess Te Puea Hērangi commissioned the building of a fleet of waka taua to commemorate the ancestral waka that brought Māori to Aotearoa. The waka were to be part of 1940 centennial of the Treaty of Waitangi, but this did not eventuate. Fifty years later, on 6 February 1990 at Waitangi, her dream was realised. This Waitangi Day 1000 people paddled 22 waka on the water. Never had so many tribal waka gathered in one place at one time.

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