KO WAI E KARANGA ATU NEI
PAPAKI KAU ANA NGĀ TAI TŪĀTEA
O TE WAITEMATĀ KI TIKAPA,
ĀKI AI NGĀ NGARU HUKAHUKA KI KAIPARA,
TAI ĀWHIOWHIO I TE MOANANUI O TOI,
PIPĪ ANA TE WAI O TĀMAKI, KI TE MĀNUKANUKA O HOTUROA
RERE IHO TE WAI O HOROTIU KI WAI KOKOTA,
TĀMAKI TAI KAURI
TĀMAKI HERENGA WAKA
HOEA MAI NGĀ WAKA TINITINI
WHAKATERE MAI NGĀ WAKA MANOMANO
KIA PIHA KI TUA O TE PAERANGI O HINEMOANA
MANINI WAKA, TERE WAKA
E TE TOI WHENUA
E TE IA TAPOI
KIA PAEA TE TAKERE O TAI KAURI KI UTA
KIA TANGIHIA TE PŪKAEA, "HAWAIKI MAI, HAWAIKI MAI!"
THE TĀMAKI HERENGA WAKA FESTIVAL IS AN ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF OUR RELATIONSHIP TO OUR WATERWAYS AND THE LIVING LEGACY OF OUR ANCESTORS THROUGH WAKA MOANA.
The tribes of Tāmaki Makaurau call on you to join our commitment in lifting Tāmaki Herenga Waka into a world-renowned Waka Moana Festival - honouring the heritage of each Tāmaki Iwi, their ancestral waka and the traditions and stories, which have shaped and continue to form our city's character and identity.
When Kupe and Kuramarotini first laid the discovery pathway for Toi-Te-Huatahi, a new tide of adventurers and navigators soon arrived in Tāmaki Makaurau on board our most treasured waka - Tainui, Te Arawa, Aotea, Kurahaupo and Māhuhu-Ki-Te-Rangi.
Kupe, Toi, Tama-Te-Kapua, Hoturoa, Turi, Ruawharo and Rongomai and their crew members bestowed every inlet, bay, headland and portage crossing in Tāmaki Makaurau with commemorative names from Hawaiki. Paving the way for a life which integrated aqua-culture and agriculture, the old and the new, allowing their descendants to create new passages and homes on land and sea for future generations.
The Tribes of Tāmaki Makaurau include:
Ngāti Wai ● Ngāti Manuhiri ● Ngāti Rehua Ngāti Wai ki Aotea ● Te Rūnanga ● Ngāti Whātua Te Uri o Hau ● Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara ● Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei ● Te Kawerau ā Maki ● Ngāti Tamaoho Te Ākitai Waiohua ● Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki ● Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua ● Te Ahiwaru Waiohua Waikato-Tainui ● Ngāti Paoa ● Ngāti Whanaunga ● Ngāti Maru ●
Ngāti Tamaterā ● Te Patukirikiri
In recent times, the art form of Waka Moana has been kept alive through Te Aurere, Te Kōtuiti Tuarua, Māhuhu-O-Te-Rangi, Aotearoa, Kahakura and many other waka of Tāmaki Makaurau.
Tāmaki Herenga Waka 2020 will pay tribute to our dearly beloved Heke-Nuku-Mai-Ngā-Iwi Busby, who helped rejuvenate Waka Hourua in Aotearoa and now takes his rightful place in the tip of the constellation of Te Matau a Maui.
Every year during Summer, join our living legacy and celebrate with Tāmaki Herenga Waka as we pay homage to the histories of our ancient art and remember the people who first arrived on our shores and their descendants who keep our waka alive.