A three part adventure created and written by Anna Marbrook, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr & Kasia Pol

We are a nation of voyagers. Our ancestors crossed oceans to find this place we call home. In A Waka Odyssey, we rediscover our voyaging past, our place in the Pacific today and a way to a better future. 

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Track our fleet of Pacific sailing waka as they journey to Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington Harbour. 

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Jump on board an ocean-sailing waka hourua and enjoy your own real life Waka Odyssey experience around Te Whanganui-A-Tara, Wellington Harbour. 

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Our Stories

"Waka carry stories, art, science, knowledge, whakapapa and performance" (Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr). Read on...

Today, at the end of our digital journey, and in the last in our illustrated timelapse works, we welcome home five waka hourua from Samoa and around New Zealand to Te Whanganui-a-Tara at Kupe: Festival Opening Night.
We all came to New Zealand, whether by air or sea, and we all belong. We want to welcome all to enjoy A Waka Odyssey during the New Zealand Festival, because you belong here.
Excitement builds for Kupe: Festival Opening Night, Part One of A Waka Odyssey. It's a story of unity and belonging and is the perfect way to open three weeks of world-class arts and culture. Hear more from NZ Festival Artistic Director Shelagh Magadza.
Pala is an academic, and passionate about the effects of climate change on the Pacific - and how to change it. Hear him speak about the upcoming Pacific Climate Change conference, part of A Waka Odyssey.
What is the best time of day in a waka journey? Moana Swan, a participant in A Waka Odyssey content creation sprint shares a moment of stillness.
Four young woman create a voyage through animated time on Day 18 of our digital journey.
We went along to a Te Raukura – Te Wharewaka o Pōneke waka ama rehearsal to see the preparation that will go into their role in this epic celebration of our Pacific past and future.
Composer Warren Maxwell went on a "fully Bowie galactic sound trip" while creating the score for A Waka Odyssey. Hear about the inspiration behind his Kupe: Festival Opening Night soundtrack in Day 16 of our digital journey.
Māui’s Fishhook, or Te Matau a Māui is a constellation in the sky that voyagers use to wayfind across the Pacific. Discover how Māui’s hook signifies striving towards your goals, even when the seas are rough, on Day 15 of A Waka Odyssey digital journey.
Hear Anna Marbrook and Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, two of the amazing creative team behind A Waka Odyssey, talk about what the waka journey means to them, and for the rest of New Zealand.
“Dancing with the sea, giving love to the sea.” Jacob Dombroski is a local dancer and actor in Island Bay. Watch as he expresses his deep support for those on A Waka Odyssey.
On Day 12 of our digital journey – look back at the wake of your coming, pick up your star in the future, and set the steering paddle.
1000 people are set to perform a new haka for Wellington, Kupe Hautoa, at the Kupe: Festival Opening Night show. Find out what the haka means to creator, Kura Moeahu, ahead of its 23 February debut.
Watch this short animation of Pacific navigators Kupe and Kuramarotini arriving on the shore of Aotearoa, in Day Ten of our digital journey.
In the lead up to their journey to Whanganui-A-Tara for our opening night celebrations, listen to Raihania Tipoki, captain of the waka Te Matau a Maui speak about how the waka whānau in Napier are playing their part in the fight against climate change.
Three waka have departed Auckland and “they’re itching to get out there and face the elements” on Day Eight of our digital Waka Odyssey.
Karakia invoke spiritual guidance and protection. Listen and watch as artists recreate the moment that waka set sail in Day Seven of our digital journey.
Change is a constant on the ocean. In Day Six of our digital journey we find out what happens when Mother Nature says "no".
Climate change is our future normal. Watch as we explore the need to care for our earth in Day Five of our digital Waka Odyssey.
Find out how the only North Pacific waka are planning to bring their ‘A’ game to the New Zealand Festival's epic celebration of our Pacific past and future, starting 23 February.
A project on the scale of A Waka Odyssey is incomplete without sharing the work of Pius “Mau” Piailug, the Godfather of Polynesian's voyaging community. We share his story in Day Three of our digital Waka Odyssey.
Find out how it feels to be on a waka, under the stars and alone with your thoughts in Day Two of our digital Waka Odyssey journey.
Download A Waka Odyssey Teacher Resource Kit for free!
Inspired by the teams of people who will come together from around Aotearoa and the Pacific to create the theatrical spectacle in Wellington Harbour, we invited the public to come on board a digital waka.
Meet A Waka Odyssey's three co-creators, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, Anna Marbrook and Kasia Pol.