Film screening: We the Voyagers: Life As Lata’s Crew

Film Screening: We the Voyagers: Life As Lata’s Crew

A three part (58 minutes each) documentary film series.
The NZ Maritime Museum with A Vaka Taumako Project.
Free with museum entry. Museum entry is free for Auckland residents, proof of address required. 

Sunday 17 February, 1pm - 2:30pm

This event will be a screening of Part 1.

Members of a remote island community join the crew of their Polynesian culture-hero, Lata, who built the first voyaging canoe and navigated to distant islands. They use only ancient designs, materials, and methods, and invite everyone to reconnect with traditional partners, ancestors, and sustainable lifeways.  It's the real Moana!

Part 1. We, the Voyagers: Our Vaka

Polynesian people of Taumako, Solomon Islands, share their history, motivations, and skills, through story-telling, canoe building, and wayfinding. They recall how their ancestors made the greatest of human migrations, but modern technology isolates them, and makes their lives unsustainable. They decide to follow the ways of their ancestral culture-hero, Lata, who built a voyaging canoe (vaka) and navigated to distant islands using ancient designs, materials and methods. Recalling what others have now forgotten, women, men, and children plant gardens, feed the workers, make rope from plants, weave and sew sails, fell a tree, adze a hull, and lash it all together. They try to avoid making bad mistakes that Lata made. When their most experienced navigator dies, they face their fears, build a vaka, and prepare to test themselves by making an open ocean voyage to reconnect with long-lost family.  Everyone is welcome to join this crew of Lata.  




  • Residents of the Auckland region can visit the Maritime Museum galleries for free if they provide proof of address on arrival
  • Children: 5-14 years old (4 years and under are free)
  • Family Pass = 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

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