Tāpui Mātauranga

Te Toki Voyaging Trust fosters a culture of mentorship. Upon learning how to do something from your teacher, it is then your role to help to teach others. This cultivates young people to stand up and take the lead. Using waka as a vehicle for youth-development, designing and delivering high-level educational-programmes targeting our young people, creating strong, capable independent learners and leaders. We continue to deliver increasingly high-level programmes and opportunities throughout Aotearoa and the Pacific. Te Toki Waka Hourua has a rapidly growing crew base and hard-working management team, dedicated to carrying the work of Te Toki Voyaging Trust forward into an even brighter future.

Working with Te Toki Voyaging Trust, your tamariki and their whānau will meet today’s Pacific voyagers and explore the kaupapa of voyaging from the past, our present, and into the future.

Whare Whetū

Te whare whetū is a portable planetarium equipped with a projecting system that allows us to simulate the sky during night and day. Our facilitators engage with tamariki using kōrero, stories, waiata, and digital resources developed to teach basic astronomy from a mātauranga māori perspective. Tamariki will learn basic star and constellation names ' while being exposed to wider traditional celestial knowledge

Note: Whare Whetū is unavailable until further notice

Kāpehu Whetū

Te kāpehu whetū is a tool used for traditional navigation, that is taught using a round whāriki made from an old sail of Haunui waka. This involves one or two facilitators engaging with a group of tamariki through games, waiata, and stories teaching the basic directional concepts, both contemporary and ancestral. Te kāpehu whetū creates an active space for sharing mātauranga tukuiho from both facilitator and tamariki alike.

Ngā Papa Rā

Ngā papa rā is a scaled down replica of our waka hourua rigging made portable to teach basic waka anatomy and rigging operation. Our facilitators work together to operate two sets of rigging using hands-on practical engagement, and friendly competition to create a fun environment. The tamariki will learn the mechanics and identification of the rigging in a safe and controlled environment, while also learning the importance of teamwork and communication when operating waka hourua

Note: Ngā Papa Rā is unavailable until further notice

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Tāpui Whakatere

Aboard our waka hourua we offer a unique opportunity that reconnects you to the voyaging practices of our Pacific ancestors through a hands-on sailing experience that can range from a quick hour long sail to a several day voyage. Not only a waka hourua trip but a chance to be immersed in the rich histories of the surrounding area.


Tāmaki Makaurau

“Tāmaki Herenga Waka”

Tāmaki Makaurau is a historical landing site for many Ancestral waka hourua and currently the home to Haunui.

Kāwhia Moana

“Kāwhia Moana Kāwhia Kai Kāwhia Tangata”

Kāwhia is home to the ancestral waka hourua Tainui and currently home to Hinemoana affectionately known as “Hine”.


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Akoranga Rangatahi

Ara Moana Ocean Roads

Delivered in partnership with Hui te Ananui a Tangaroa (NZ Maritime Museum), a sponsored programme where schools have the opportunity to come into the Museum and learn about the ancestors of this land.

The aim of the programme is to connect students and their whānau, with mātauranga waka and to inspire them to walk with pride into the future as people of the Pacific and Aotearoa through showcasing the brilliance of ancestral navigation and construction methods used to create waka hourua (double hulled sailing canoes) to find new lands.

Our workshops that facilitate these learnings are.

Star Compass
A roll out mat that gives a visual of our contemporary compass based on ancestral pacific knowledge of celestial compasses activating conversation about stars, directions, and many other natural signs read by the navigator.

Hawaiki Gallery tour
A gallery where many traditional canoes are on display from around the pacific. Giving youth the ability to get a close up look at the construction methods and materials used to build such vessels.

Waka Hourua experience
An opportunity to explore a contemporary Waka Hourua and if weather permits, heading out on Te Waitemataa harbour for a small sail. Allowing youth to feel the power of the elements and give them a taste of what it is to become a kaumoana.

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