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Waka Man

There’s a new wave of cultural integrity taking to the water.

For generations the world over, indigenous people have used various forms of waka for transportation, gathering food, trading and discovery. These days motorised vehicles have largely replaced them and our waterways are polluted, so the connection to our lakes, rivers and oceans has changed dramatically, and for some, been severed completely. 

Now there’s a new wave of cultural integrity taking to the water. 

WakaMan Alby Waititi has a proud cultural heritage as a descendant of Te Whanau-a-Apanui and Ngati Porou. However he’s spent most of adulthood living on the Gold Coast of Australia. 

On this voyage of discovery, Alby paddles and sails the waterways of Aotearoa, meeting people who are passionate about these watercraft and their traditions, revealing what waka culture meant to us in the past and what it means for our future.

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