14 Sep 2017

Traditional iconic vaka damaged in a fire in the Cooks

From , 5:02 am on 14 September 2017

Cook Islands' traditional voyaging vaka Marumaru Atua was severely damaged in a fire earlier this month.

The full magnitude of the wreckage to the vaka is yet to be determined.
 
The secretary of the Cook Islands Voyaging Society Cecile Marten is seeking donations to help restore the vaka, as the job is anticipated to be a long and expensive process.

Ms Marten spoke with Sela Jane Hopgood about the event that saw the blaze that broke out on board the vaka.

 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.

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. Photo: Marumaru Atua - Give a little page