TĀHERE TIKITIKI: THE MAKING OF A MĀORI CANOE

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Reference number: F1433

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Reference information

Reference information
Reference number: F1433
Type: Moving Image
Year: 1974
Duration: 0:38:06
Category: Documentary
Production company: NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL FILM UNIT
Place of origin: NEW ZEALAND

Viewing locations

  • Film Archive, Auckland: 2007.5158
  • Film Archive, Wellington: 1994.3541

Description

He pakipumeka i hanga mo te taraitanga o te waka taua ko Tahere Tikitiki tuarua kei Ngaruawahia. Mai te topa i nga rakau nui ka taea ki te whakaterenga o te waka i runga i te wai o te awa o Waikato. Ko Piri Poutapu te tohunga tarai waka. Ka kitea te mana, te wehi, te tapu me te miharo o te mahi tahi me te whakaaro tahi o te iwi ki te tautoko te ahua me te tohu o tēnei mea te waka. Ka whakarere tēnei waka hei te ra tekau ma toru o Here-turi-koka 1972.

Master carver, Tohunga and elder, Piri Poutapu, Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) leads a group of young men into the forest with chants and karakia in order to clear their way during the selection and felling of two trees. Later these are transported and brought to rest on the banks of the Waikato River at Turangawaewae Marae for the building of a waka taua. With the official blessing of Te Atairangi Kaahu and under the supervision of Piri Poutapu, it took 18 months to complete the waka taua. The canoe was officially launched on August 10, 1972.

Credits

Producer: David H Fowler
Photography: Ken Fowler
Photography: Brian E Cross
Photography: Bruce Dunn
Editor: David Sims
Sound: Val Federoff
Animation Design: Owen Mapp
Assistant Editor: John Hart
Narrator: Harry Dansey
Writter: David Sims