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Help the Cook Islands Voyaging Society restore our vaka which has been damaged by fire.

Closed Cause page created in the Community category by Cecile Marten for "Marumaru Atua - Cook Islands Voyaging Society"

  • $13,292.61 donated
  • 95 generous donors

Help restore our vaka...

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On Saturday the 2nd of September a fire broke out on board our vaka Marumaru Atua. It took firefighters several hours to put out the blaze in the starboard hull of our vaka. She has sustained significant damage of which the full extent is not known yet. Cause of the fire is unknown. Our beautiful vaka has sailed through out the Pacific on the ‘Te Mana O Te Moana’ Voyage (The Spirit of the Ocean), the aim was to reconnect with the traditions, with Pacific communities and with the ocean and to spread the message of ocean protection. Since her return in 2012 she has sailed to Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand. At home in the Cook Islands our aim is to educate our youth and ensure the legacy of traditional sailing and navigation and caring for our precious environment through traditional practices.

It is difficult to see our once proud mama vaka in such bad shape but trying to be positive and looking to the future. We need to do a massive repair job and refit to get her seaworthy again and to continue our Cook Islands Voyaging legacy, so we are asking for support from our friends around the world to lend a hand if you possibly can, to restore a Cook Islands National Treasure. Although we are separated by Moana Nui O Kiva, it is the ocean that connects and binds us. We have already received so many messages of support, and wonderful pledges of assistance from those wanting to help. Meitaki maata in advance from the bottom of our hearts to all those who have already and who will lend a hand.

Kia Manuia, te Atua te Aroa!

Funds raised will be used to repair the damage sustained to our beautiful vaka so she may continue her work through out the Cook Islands and Pacific.

Page created by:

Cecile Marten


The Cook Islands Voyaging Society is responsible for vaka Marumaru Atua and to continue to promote Cook Islands Voyaging culture and traditions, while highlighting environmental and marine issues in the Pacific.

All funds raised benefit:

Marumaru Atua - Cook Islands Voyaging Society

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Cecile Marten on behalf of Marumaru Atua - Cook Islands Voyaging Society.

  • $13,292.61 donated
  • 95 generous donors

$13,293 donated

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This cause page was created on 04 Sep 2017 and closed at 12:50 NZST (UTC +12:00) on 30 Nov 2017.

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