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Wānanga with Hekenukumai Busby

Hekenukumai Busby

Our first stop on Day One from Kerikeri to Te Aurere (half way to Ahipara) will be to visit Hekenukumai Busby. Known as Hec, he is a master waka carver, a tribal leader and an authority on Polynesian and Māori celestial navigation. He’s crafted more than 30 waka, and was awarded an MBE in recognition of his role in the revival of ocean voyaging and navigation using traditional Polynesian double hull canoes. From humble beginnings in the Far North, Hec was inspired to build waka after a childhood visit to Waitangi. At 84 years of age, he’s the subject of a new book by Jeff Evans, called Heke-nuku-mai-nga-iwi Busby: Not Here by Chance.

Talanoa with Apulu Mary Autagavaia

Apulu Mary Autagavaia

Mary Autagavaia is the founder and one of the lead facilitators for the Aganu’u Fa’asamoa 101 programme delivered by the Epiphany Trust. Mary has developed a way of delivering ACE that is turning learners into trainers and highly efficient marketers. Along with Michael Tanoa’i, Mary established Aganu’u Fa’asamoa 101 to make learning the Sāmoan culture accessible. They have delivered across New Zealand, Australia, and most recently in America and Hawaii. They are currently building augmented (technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world) and virtual reality (computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person) content to enhance the delivery and access for their learners.

Ako: learning exchange

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