Kupe - Journey of the mind, spirit and body

Friday, March 7, 2014
'First Sighting' Wellington sculpture  commemorating Kupe's epic voyage. Michael Hall, Kupe Sites exhibition

“He ao! He ao!  Ka awatea!”

Ko Kupe , he atua, he tipua, he tangata
 

Nāna i whakawhiti Te Moananui-ā-Kiwa
I te wā ō neherā, kitea kō Aotearoa
 
E ai ki ngā kōrero
Nāna i hura ake te kapua ī kitea ai tēnei whenua
 
Kō ngā whakapapa
Ngā whakahekenga iho
Tae noa ki ā ia, ahakoa rerekē
Engari kotahi tonu te kaupapa nāna
I noho tēnei whenua, nāna ī takahi, nāna ī tuitui te moana ki te whenua mō ngā waka ki muri
 
He maha ngā waahi
E mau tonu ana ki ōna rerenga ki te moana
Otia, e mau tonu ana ki ngā ingoa huri noa i tō tātau motu tae noa ki te ingoa rongonui
Aotearoa – he ao, he ao, kā awatea!
 
 

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“A cloud! A cloud!  Tis light, tis light, tis land”
 
Over a thousand years ago the great Polynesian voyager Kupe made an epic journey across the Pacific Ocean to a new land.
 
Kupe is regarded by many as the ancestor who founded this country.
 
His stories are of immense importance to the many iwi who trace their whakapapa genealogy back through him. While the stories vary, they all celebrate a remarkable voyager who settled a new land and charted a route through the Pacific for later navigators to follow.
 
Many traces remain of Kupe’s encounter with this place. They can be found in the names of landmarks in various parts of the country, and even in one of its names – Aotearoa, land of the long white cloud.
 
 
 
The Sea
 
Whakarongo ki te au o te moana
The ocean put salt into our veins
The ocean brought us together
To find each other in Aotearoa New Zealand
 
 Excerpt from a poem by Haare Williams