4 Dec 2012

Rapa Nui prepares to welcome waka crew from NZ

10:49 am on 4 December 2012

The people of Rapa Nui are preparing to welcome their Maori cousins from two traditional canoes or waka which have made a 90 day journey from New Zealand.

The Waka Tapu expedition reached Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, on Friday, travelling in two double-hulled canoes.

The crew used traditional navigation methods to retrace the epic journey of their ancient Polynesian ancestors, to raise environmental awareness.

The Rapa Nui Elders Council President, Koro Alberto Hotus, says his people are getting ready for a big celebration.

"Just like if he was coming to New Zealand the people from the waka tapu who are going to be celebrating it and who are going to be received by the people from Easter Island following the most traditional ceremonies that are currently exist on the island."

Koro Alberto Hotus of Rapa Nui.