A Waka Odyssey

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13 February 2018

Jacob Dombroski is a local dancer and actor in Island Bay. Watch as he expresses his deep bond with the sea, and support for those on A Waka Odyssey in Day 13 of our digital journey.

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Jacob Dombroski is a dancer and actor, based in Island Bay, Wellington.

He often walks the local bays, feeling the energy of the ocean and thinking about his next dance move.

Jacob dances here to express his deep bond to the sea and support for those on A Waka Odyssey, to stay connected to ancient navigational practices in the Pacific. “Dancing with the sea, giving love to the sea.”

Jacob dances with the ocean flow
His Grandfather born in a village in Savaii, Asa
Tuhoe raua ko Ngati Porou oku Iwi

Created by Jacob Dombroski and Everybody Cool Lives Here for A Waka Odyssey. Everybody Cool Lives Here produce art that reflects Aotearoa’s unique and diverse voice. The work is intended to connect with artists and marginalised groups to help build confidence and empower them to succeed and become leaders in their community.


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. 


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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