We welcome you to join the creative team behind the 2018 New Zealand Festival's A Waka Odyssey  celebration and epic opening night Kupe  as they share how they brought together these once-in-a-lifetime events.


Shelagh Magadza: New Zealand Festival Artistic Director


Anna Marbrook: Project Director
Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr: Project Navigator and Waka Expert
Kasia Pol: Project Designer

This Artist Talk is a Kupe Dreaming event and part of A Waka Odyssey, a celebration of our place in the Pacific that includes the spectacular KupeFestival Opening NightDownload the A Waka Odyssey flyer to plan your journey. 

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Meet the creative team. The 2018 New Zealand Festival’s spectacular celebration A Waka Odyssey has been years in the making. And it all stems from the dedication and vision of its three co-creators, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, Anna Marbrook and Kasia Pol.

Follow A Waka Odyssey online. Join our fleet of Pacific sailing waka and their heroic crew on an adventure of a lifetime, across the Pacific Ocean and around Aotearoa. Sign up for Festival email updates and become part of the story.