Leiden waka to be launched at Aurere
24 Jun 2010
After the recent signing of the Waka Deed ceremony by Toi Maori representatives at Volkenkunde Museum in Leiden, Netherlands, Toi Maori is now preparing to launch the new waka created by Master Waka Builder Hector Busby.
The Leiden waka will be officially launched on Saturday 26th June 2010 at Aurere,Doubtless Bayat 11am where its name will be announced as part of the waka launching ceremony. A haka specially composed for Leiden by Kaumatua Waka Historian Tepene Mamaku will also be featured as part of the launch.
"Therefore Toi Maori has access to utilise the waka across Europe where we deem necessary to promote. This waka has all the cultural integrity elements added to the deed so that it will be looked after with care and respect."
Sea trials will be conducted by Kaihoe who have been selected by Robert Gabel, Chair of Nga Waka Federation.