A Waka Odyssey

Meet Anna and Hoturoa

14 February 2018

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.

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“It’s a way of capturing all of our stories of voyaging here. At the heart of that are three thousand years of voyaging history – those great adventures, those great explorers, those great dreamers ...” 

The essence of A Waka Odyssey spans the breadth of Aotearoa – it’s about our people, and how we all travelled here. It is about our place. 

In the lead up to Kupe, the 2018 New Zealand Festival's epic opening night show on Friday 23 February, we talked with two-thirds of the creative team behind this landmark celebration. 

[Waka are] not some inanimate piece of equipment. It’s the embodiment of stories. It’s the embodiment of culture. And it’s a platform for exploration and creativity.

Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr

Anna Marbrook is the Director of A Waka Odyssey. She’s a longtime theatre and television director, who in 2011 filmed Te Mana o te Moana, a New York Film and TV Award winning documentary with Mike Single about seven waka hourua who traversed the Pacific Ocean in the same way their tupuna would have, centuries ago. 

Day 14 Meet Anna and Hoturoa

Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr was a part of that voyage – as kaitiaki of his waka hourua, Haunui. He is a waka master and celestial navigator who, for the past thirty years, has lived within Pacific waka culture. He is the Project Navigator and Waka Expert of A Waka Odyssey’s creative team. 

Here, they speak about the stories that waka carry, connecting the past, present and future. They’re vessels for science, art, knowledge and history. Hotu says “it’s not some inanimate piece of equipment. It’s the embodiment of stories. It’s the embodiment of culture. And it’s a platform for exploration and creativity.”

Together with Project Designer Kasia Pol, and a cast and crew of thousands, the waterfront will soon be alive with waka, people and song for Kupe: Festival Opening Night on Friday 23 February, 7pm.

Haere mai – Come on board.



JOIN THE JOURNEY

Each day, starting  1 February 2018, we will share new videos and stories online so you too can join the journey in the lead up to the start of A Waka Odyssey, 23 February – 4 March 2018. Be part of the story via our website festival.co.nz/waka, on the New Zealand Festival's Facebook and Instagram pages, or using the hashtags #NZWaka and #NZFestival. 


A WAKA ODYSSEY EVENTS

Join in A Waka Odyssey celebrations at the spectacular theatrical extravaganza KupeFestival opening night set on Wellington's waterfront; the Kupe Landing: Petone Family Day – a fun beach party for all the whānau; and the Kupe Dreaming series of waka-themed community events and activities. 

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