Story: Canoe navigation

Te Au-o-Tonga and Te Aurere off the East Coast, 2000

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.

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 13 April 2000
Photograph by Nicola Topping

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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.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe navigation - Recent voyaging', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 October 2021)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005