A Waka Odyssey

Passage Through the Past and Present

18 February 2018

Four young woman create an voyage through animated time on Day 18 of our digital Waka Odyssey.

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This piece is designed to be accessible to anyone with no experience or knowledge of Pacific waka culture – no matter where you come from or how long you’ve lived in Aotearoa.

The creatives who made the work said “we drew our inspiration from wanting to make the Waka Odyssey experience accessible to lots of people – especially those who don’t have a cultural association with waka, as this was one of our focuses because our own personal backgrounds."

"We chose a simple and colourful 2D animation style, as this is easy to watch and a good way of capturing attention on social media. We wanted to tell a simple story about journeying, to get people engaged with the event – this also provides a way for people to understand some of the background and history of waka and why they might be interested in going to Kupe: Festival Opening Night.

Created by Rosanina Estrella, Nerissa Glasse, Ayesha Munaf, Emma Selley for A Waka Odyssey content creation sprint.


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 #NZFestival and #NZWaka. 


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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