A Waka Odyssey

Beneath the Stars

19 February 2018

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.

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In Day 19 of our digital A Waka Odyssey journey, we share Part Five in an illustrated time-lapse of six works depicting a waka journey, accompanied by spoken word poetry. This piece hinges on a moment experienced by Moana Swan, and shared with the members of his creative group to illustrate. 

“The best time for me on a waka is between ten o’clock at night and two o’clock in the morning. 

The stars are brilliant at this time, throbbing. Pulsing. Drawing me in. 

I’m an introverted kind of a guy so these hours have a certain appeal for me. 

Because my journey has always been inward. 

My personal journey of self-discovery.”

Created by Bek Coogan, Nathalie Evans, Georgie Johnson, Matt Ritani, Gaylene Sheehan, Moana Swan and Morgana Watson for A Waka Odyssey content creation sprint. Medium: Charcoal, paper, illustrated time-lapse.


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 Feb – 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. 


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. 

Haere mai - Come on board. 

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