Te Hono ki Aotearoa (2012)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 23m

Jan Bieringa’s documentary follows the building and handing over of Te Hono ki Aotearoa to Leiden’s Museum Volkenkunde. In a first, the traditionally crafted war canoe is on permanent loan to the Dutch museum.

Hewn from a 600-year-old kauri tree grown in the far north, the waka was carved by master carver Takirirangi Smith and constructed under the guidance of master waka builder Hekenukumai (Hec) Busby.

The waka was delivered to its Dutch guardians in October 2010 with a ceremony that combined traditions from both nations. The film allows us insight into the exchanges between parties in each country and the impact the waka has on another cultural environment.

Director

Jan Bieringa

Producer

Jan Bieringa

Cinematographer

Davorin Fahn

Cinematographer

Toby Mills

Editor

Lala Rolls

Music

Hine Mamaku

Language

English

Country of Origin

New Zealand

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