Central Leader : April 15th 2011
10 CENTRAL LEADER, APRIL 15, 2011 NEWS Sa a d d i a ckla d! Ph pr m i d 30 April. Wi r will b draw a d c ac d by 2 May. J i w a d y 'll g i h draw wi 1 3 Ph 4 ! Wi 5 Harold St, Mt Eden Free parking. Open 7 days to public Ph: 631 7438 www.fabricnz.com 20% off all woven woollen fabric. 30% off all curtain fabric The Fabric Warehouse The silk & woollen fabric specialist! A great selection of silk fabrics for evening & bridal dresses. The best cashmere and wool fabrics for suits, coats & dresses. Exclusive printed fabrics. 3436969AC Indian FM on the air A new radio station is set to hit the airwaves and is being hailed as Auck- land's first Indian and global Asian FM chan- nel. It's called Humm FM 106.2 and aspires to address the needs and expectations of a global Indian audience. The station will fea- ture an Asian top 20 song list, a Bollywood top 20 song list, a Kiwi list and a Humm FM list. See www.humm fm.com for more details or search for it on Facebook or Twitter. Vaka fleet set to sail high seas All hands on deck: South Auckland sailors Rangitane Taurima of Manurewa, left, and Robert Nathan Reid of Maraetai will be on board Te Matau a Maui, the vaka that represents Aotearoa, for the Hawaii- to-San Francisco leg of the journey. Photo: DAVID TAURANGA Epic journey: Te Matau a Maui is one of seven traditional vaka or canoes that make up the Pacific Voyagers fleet. Five vaka set sail from the Auckland Viaduct today and head for Hawaii. Photo: CHRIS CAMERON By DAVID TAURANGA VAKA FACTS Type: Traditional sailing canoe Length: 22 metres Width: 6.5 metres Draft: 1.9 metres (maximum) Weight: 13 ton Sailarea:96sqm (maximum) Sleeps: 16 Hulls: E-glass and foam Superstructure: Wood Steering: Paddle Auxiliary engines: Solar -- 2 x 10 kilowatts Average speed: 7 knots Go online to www.centralleader.co.nz to view the vaka being built. Seven traditional vaka pow- ered only by the wind and sun are about to embark on an epic voyage sailing 15,000 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Voyagers fleet is made up of a network of Polynesian voyaging societies and vaka -- canoes -- that will sail from their home countries to Hawaii via French Polynesia over the next month. Five Aotearoa-based vaka plan to leave from Auckland's Viaduct Harbour today, including Gaualofa represen- ting Western Samoa, Uto Ni Yalo representing Fiji, Te Matau a Maui representing New Zealand and Haunui and Hine Moana which are both manned by pan-Pacific crews. They will rendezvous with the rest of the fleet, Maru- maru Atua from the Cook Islands and Faafaite of Tahiti on the Tuamotu Islands in French Polynesia. The voyage aims to raise awareness around environ- mental issues affecting the oceans as well as re- establishing cultural links between Pacific neighbours by using traditional skills like navigating by the stars. In Hawaii crew will attend an ocean climate change con- ference before continuing on to San Francisco to teach young people about the voy- age and the environment. Joining Te Matau a Maui for that leg of the journey will be Robert Nathan Reid of Maraetai and Rangitane Taurima of Manurewa who say it will be the first time anyone has attempted sailing by vaka from Hawaii to the mainland. It's cool to see the old ways revived again -- we should be visiting our whanaunga around the Pacific otherwise we get stuck in our own little boxes,'' Mr Taurima says. We're also relying on Ta- whirimatea and Tangaroa -- Maori gods of the winds and sea -- to push us along and show you don't need big engines to cross the waters.'' The network is supported by German-based organis- ation Okeanos which promotes the protection of the world's oceans and marine life. Each of the seven double- hulled vaka measures 22 metres and can support a crew of 16. They blend modern boatbuilding techniques with traditional Pacific craftsman- ship -- for example the hulls are made of e-glass and foam but are lashed together with wooden beams and rope. The fleet is entirely eco- friendly and each vaka carries eight large solar panels which run two 10kW electrical motors to help the crew with harbour entries. For our leg we will spend around 20 days out at sea and we will travel just under 3000km to get to San Francisco,'' Mr Reid says. It's going to be all hands on deck -- these aren't your traditional sail boats with rigging and gear to winch things up, it will be a lot of hard work.'' Te Wananga o Aotearoa curriculum manager and Haunui navigator Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr says the fleet carries a strong environ- mental message for everyone across the Pacific. It is important that people see our commitment in carrying that message. We have to ensure the oceans and our world are being taken care of.'' Okeanos and Kiwi com- pany Oceanic Nature Film Productions will produce a documentary on the voyage. People can also follow the vaka on Twitter and Facebook and at www.pacificvoyagers. org which will run daily blogs from crews.
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