Te Tii Marae welcomes voyaging canoes Hōkūle'a and Hikianalia

By Te Ao Māori News

Around 100 people gathered at Te Tii Marae in Waitangi to welcome the voyaging canoes Hōkūle'a and Hikianalia as they sail across earth's oceans to join and grow the global movement toward a more sustainable world.

NZ is one of the 26 countries the canoes will visit on their voyage which started last year.  It's been 30 years since Hōkūle'a last visited our shores.

Haimona Brown from the Te Aurere waka says, "I must congratulate them for arriving in NZ once again, and it's praise well-deserved, and they've brought their children with them, which is also wonderful."

"Yes, it's great to be here for this occasion.  It was also great to prepare the canoes out there in front of Te Tii Marae, and it's also great for the sailors who have come here," says Jack Thatcher, tohunga of Te Aurere waka.

Tomorrow, Te Kāea will be screening a special report by Dean Nathan about Hōkūle'a's arrival.