Past Event24 Jun 2022

Whetū Marama - Bright Star

No longer available

Te Civic, The Civic


The renaissance of the waka and our deep connection to the greatest wayfarers on earth.
30 years ago there were no waka hourua, no ocean going waka/canoes and no surviving knowledge of celestial navigation in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Oral history and carved artifacts were all that remained of our ancestral Pacific voyagers.

We have come a long way since then. Double hulled canoes have been built. Celestial Navigation has been re-learned. The Pacific Triangle has been sailed.

Sir Hekenukumai Puhipi Busby has helmed this renaissance in Aotearoa. He and his crews have proved beyond doubt that those ancient Pacific Voyagers were not blown far south to New Zealand by accident. They were able seamen who knew where they were going and how to get here.

Under Hek’s watch, the waka/canoe movement in New Zealand has flourished to embrace thousands of New Zealanders, connect us with other Pacific Voyagers, and involve us with the greatest world’s wayfarers.

This is a special screening of Whetū Mārama – Bright Star, only available in Auckland.

New Zealand | 2021 | 90 min | English | Aileen O'Sullivan, Toby Mills

Meet the Team Behind Whetū Mārama – Bright Star

FRI 24 Jun 2022

After screening (screening at 1 pm)

Duration: 20min

Buy tickets to Whetū Mārama – Bright Star and join us for the live Q&A session with Directors/Producers Toby Mills and Aileen O'Sullivan, and subject Stan Conrad.

The renaissance of the waka and our deep connection to the greatest wayfarers on earth.

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