10 / 02 / 2018
Created by Nikora Ngaropo for A Waka Odyssey, this animation depicts the discovery of Aotearoa by Pacific voyagers Kupe and Kuramarotini. The piece brings to life the statue of the pair that you can find located on the Whanganui-A-Tara, Wellington Harbour waterfront, where the epic theatrical extravaganza Kupe: Festival Opening Night will be performed at 7pm on Friday 23 February.
Nikora says of the piece “all peoples of the Pacific share our story of traversing the oceans and finding our different homes among its islands. This is one interpretation of Kupe's discovery of Aotearoa.”
The piece is accompanied by the sound of the Pūrerehua, a traditional Māori taonga pūoro musical instrument.