Emerging young navigators are training in the ancient
art of wayfinding on a voyage to Norfolk Island using only the
stars and natural world as their guide, training in preparation for
an epic pan-Pacific voyage to the Festival of the Pacific Arts in
The art of traditional wayfinding in the Pacific would have been
lost many years ago if it were not for a handful of master
navigators who had the vision to pass the knowledge on to a new
In September 2018, a crew of 24 men and women from Aotearoa (New
Zealand), Hawaii, Rarotonga, Samoa and Fiji will sail double-hulled
waka Haunui from Aotearoa to Norfolk Island and back. The voyage is
of critical importance as it provides an opportunity for recognised
navigators to train emerging navigators in the ancient art of
wayfinding and blue-water voyaging. The emerging navigators will be
identified and trained in preparation for an epic pan-Pacific
voyage to the Festival of the Pacific Arts in Hawaii 2020.
Norfolk Island is the closest landmass to Aotearoa that provides
an open-ocean 'blue-water' sailing and navigation experience. The
voyage comprises two 'legs', Aotearoa-Norfolk and Norfolk-Aotearoa.
With no direct or regular flights to Norfolk from Aotearoa a
special plane-charter is required to conduct a crew swap-over on
Norfolk Island to maximise the blue-water training opportunity for
as many people as possible.
The relatively short distance and sail time (approx 10 days each
way) helps to make fundraising for the voyage possible, but the
total budget still comes to $70,000+ - so we need your support!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The crew are primarily volunteers, who work other jobs for an
income, but dedicate their lives to supporting the revitalisation
of Pacific voyaging and do everything they can to carry this
kaupapa forward into the future, so that its never at risk of being
The crew fundraising group for 'Navigating to Norfolk' have been
putting in a lot of hard mahi to make this training-voyage possible
- but we need your help!
We are aiming to raise $15,000 of the funds through 'Boosted'
Will prepare the waka for the journey - this will ensure that all
necessary safety equipment is up to scratch. It will also ensure
that the costs are met for sanding and oiling the decks, cleaning
the hulls and sails, along with other general maintenance
Will help to pay for the charter plane from Aotearoa-Norfolk
return - allowing 9 of the crew to join the voyage in Norfolk to
sail on the return leg to Aotearoa, and the 9 crew subbing-off the
voyage to return to Aotearoa via aero-waka.
Will help to provision the waka with food for the crew (16x crew
onboard the vessel at all times, for 27x days: 10x days
Aotearoa-Norfolk voyage, 7x days on Norfolk Island, 10x days
Norfolk-Aotearoa voyage) they will definitely need to eat!
If we exceed $15,000 here is what your donations will help to
Will support the filming of the voyage and post-production work to
create an epic short-doco that captures the 'Navigating to Norfolk'
journey - so that a voyage for some, can become a voyage for
THE WAY THAT BOOSTED WORKS
Boosted is an 'all or nothing' crowdfunding campaign. We have to
raise the full $15,000 in 30 days or we don't receive any of the
funds (it gets refunded back to the donors). So we need all the
support we can muster from our vast community of family, friends
and patrons of the arts - every little bit counts!
Donors can be anonymous or named, and the size of each donation
is confidential. You will be asked to register before making your
donation so that the Arts Foundation can email you a receipt (they
won't send any other spammy stuff and your information is kept 100%
secure, with the banking part powered by Westpac). When a project
closes successfully, the Arts Foundation (a registered charity)
emails donors a receipt, which NZ income earners can use to claim a
33% tax credit on their donation from the IRD.
Thank you for taking the time to check out the campaign. We look
forward to thanking all of our donors with the short-doco that will
capture the 'Navigating to Norfolk' voyage - allowing everyone to
share and benefit from the richness of the journey! The short-doco
will be spread freely on social media and on our website so that
its available for everyone to enjoy.
The most rewarding thing about donating to 'Navigating to
Norfolk' is knowing that you have actively supported the ongoing
revitalisation of traditional voyaging and navigation in the
Pacific. Ngā mihi nui ki a koe mō tō tautoko o te kaupapa nei.
We are humbled and grateful for your support in making
'Navigating to Norfolk' a reality!
Photo credit: Mamea Photography
Photo credit: Erica Sinclair
Te Whare Hukahuka o Tangaroa
9 MONTHS AGO
Nau mai haere mai, welcome aboard our traditional voyaging
waka hourua, Haunui! Through a series of upcoming videos, our crew
share kōrero and whakapapa about Haunui and Te Toki Waka Hourua. In
this video, we share kōrero about our hoe (steering blade), Te
Whare Hukahuka o Tangaroa.