25 Jun 2010

Paddlers to be chosen to deliver new waka

6:37 am on 25 June 2010

A select group of kaihoe (paddlers) is to be chosen to deliver a new ceremonial waka to its home in The Netherlands.

The 14-metre kauri waka, the 32nd built by tohunga Hekenukumai Busby, will be launched on Saturday at Aurere in the Far North.

It will then go on permanent loan to a museum in the Netherlands.

Toi Maori operations manager Tamahou Temara says Aotearoa Nga Waka Federation chair Robert Gabel, will be casting a critical eye over the paddlers, who will go to the Netherlands.

Waatea News reports the launch will feature the premiere of a special haka composed by a waka historian Tepene Mamaku.