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Matariki hunga nui

Matariki of many admirers

This week’s whakatāuki explained by Jamie McCaskill nō Ngāti Tamatera

In Te Ahi Kaa this week, Emeritus Professor Ranginui Walker nō Te Whakatōhea is one of the 12 members of an independent government appointed Constitutional Advisory Panel.  The panel is tasked with travelling the country, listening and recording New Zealanders views about the constitution which will then be reported back to the government at the end of 2013.  Maraea Rakuraku gets the lowdown on the hui to date.

Celestial navigator Jack Thatcher and the waka departure on August 17, 2013.
Celestial Navigator Jack Thatcher and the waka departure from Auckland on August 17, 2012.

On an overcast, cold winter morning in Tauranga Moana, Justine Murray visits the home of Jack Thatcher who at the time was cooking roast duck for tea. Slightly different from the diet of kaimoana, and non-perishable kai he had lived on as Master Navigator on board traditional waka -  Ngahiraka mai Tawhiti and Te Aurere II crossing Te Moana nui a Kiwa (The Pacific Ocean), just weeks earlier. He recalls aspects of the 10,000 nautical mile journey.   

Waiata featured: ‘He Tāonga’ performed by Whirimako Black from the album Hinepukohurangi-Shrouded in the mist (2000); ‘Sensitive to a Smile’ performed by Aotearoa Reggae All Stars (2013)