The successes of the Hōkūle‘a led to a renaissance in Polynesian navigation and the sailing of traditional craft. Other vessels were built. Te Aurere (right), pictured here with Te Au-o-Tonga, was built by Hector Busby in 1991. The following year Te Aurere survived strong winds and high seas in a voyage from New Zealand to Rarotonga. This journey did not prove that return voyaging to Polynesia did occur; only that it was possible with the navigation techniques available to Polynesians. Listen to Pakake Winiata, a crew member on board Te Aurere, explain why the vessel was towed for parts of the voyage from New Zealand to Rarotonga.
Using this item
New Zealand Herald
Reference: 13 April 2000
Photograph by Nicola Topping
Permission of the New Zealand Herald must be obtained before any re-use of this image.
Sound file from Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. Reference: Waka Te Aurere; Pakake Winiata / Reference number 10386.