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Returning our waka to Wairarapa Moana

$9,700 of $11,690 goal
Given by 132 generous donors in 8 weeks

We have a dream to establish a waka centre on the shores of Ōnoke (Lake Ferry) to bring our whānau back to our land and waters.

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Tēnā koutou,

We have a dream to establish a waka centre on the shores of Ōnoke (Lake Ferry) to bring our whānau back to our land and waters. The project was born out of a vision to reinstate waka to our ancestral waterways as a vehicle to revive the history, culture, and mauri of Wairarapa Moana. The kaupapa (project) is more than just competing, it’s building kaitaikitanga within our whānau as they connect with their moana both above and below the surface, exploring the reasons for and answers to poor water quality.

We have a full programme planned and plenty of expertise lined up to help with training. We'd like to thank our whānau who supported our rangatahi wānanga and Paascalino Schaller for capturing the essence of our vision.

We're asking if Aotearoa could please help us financially with this initiative. We have managed, through holding wānanga and some generous donors (Dan Taipua & Holland Road Yarn Company), to raise $9,109.45 so far. We are seeking an additional $12,690.55 to purchase a waka, mast, sail, and trolley for our waka club. All other gear has been donated (special thanks to Joel Ngatuere) or gathered from previous projects.

Aroha mutunga kore ki a koutou katoa.

Use of funds

The funds will go to purchasing a waka to set up a waka centre to return whānau to our moana.

Latest update

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Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini  13 July 2020

Posted by: Te Rua o Mahara Wairarapa

Yesterday part of our team was up in Whangarei picking up our new waka from Moana Nui. We're stoked and we can't thank you all enough for the contribution each and every one of you have made.

We also want to do a massive shout out to Moana Nui again for their help and assistance.

At the time of writing this we're over 80% of reaching our goal of $11,690.

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


Te Rua o Mahara Trustees.

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Latest donations

Patrice 5 days ago
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 26 Jul 2020
Mary on 13 Jul 2020
Tauiwi who have visited te moana and fallen in love with it, this small gift toward restoring bonds between te moana and ngaa tangata kaitiaki
Jamie on 10 Jul 2020
Jenny and Sam
Jenny and Sam on 09 Jul 2020

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