In connection with our exhibition Ngā Haerenga/ Journeys - celebrating Matariki
Raihānia Tipoki (Ngā Uri Taniwha o Hinekōrako, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Rongowhakaata, Te Iwi Moriori) is a farmer, community leader, cultural capacity and Treaty of Waitangi educator, waka hourua sailor/ captain, trainee navigator, and social / environmental activist.
Born and raised on his whānau land, Raihānia has always felt a strong affinity with the natural world within which he understands and lives his culture. His depth of knowledge comes from an array of experiences including captaining the 10-month Sustainable Sea-Transport project from Fiji to Palau in 2013.
Raihānia will be speaking about his ocean voyage adventures, how they navigated and what life is actually like living and travelling in a traditional waka hourua.