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Prime Minister Ardern visits waka crew

On a clear, calm Wednesday evening Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister, Jacinda Ardern, spent time with Hotorua Barclay-Kerr, captain of the waka hourua Haunui, and crew.  The team are currently in Wellington as part of the centrepiece opening of the New Zealand Festival, A Waka Odyssey.

Prime Minister Ardern, Clarke Gayford with Hotorua Barclay-Kerr onboard the waka hourua Haunui.

The Minister had recently announced that Mr Barclay-Kerr would join Dame Jenny Shipley as co-chairs of the Tuia 250 National Coordinating Committee.

It was a great opportunity for the Minister and Mr Barclay-Kerr to talk about the important role waka will play in next year’s Tuia-Encounters commemoration.  This commemoration marks the 250th anniversary of the first meetings between Māori and Europeans during the 1769 voyage of James Cook and the HMS Endeavour.

Prime Minister Ardern gifted a Samoan rakau/stick called - To’oto’o.

Waka will be integral to the commemoration and will provide an awesome opportunity to bring to life Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific’s amazing waka and navigational feats, stories and traditions.

Related links

Tuia Encounters 250 webpage

Celebrating a pivotal moment in history

Updated on 5th March 2018