Wa’a Kaulua / Waka Building

Wa’a Kaulua / Waka Building


Wednesday 4 October 2023 / 6pm

Meet in the exhibition


A double feature talk featuring Hatesa Seumanutafa and Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i.

Join Hatesa Seumanutafa, curator of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous human histories at Canterbury Museum to learn more about the wa’a kaulua on display in Ship Nails and Tail Feathers.

Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i will then be discussing her sailing and waka building project in Samoa that looks to revive this tradition and bring coastal sailing back to her country.

Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i is an award-winning journalist and ocean voyager who draws upon the wisdom of celestial navigation and voyaging in her work as founder and CEO of Flying Geese

Ships, Nails and Tail Feathers is a partnership project between Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū and Canterbury Museum, bringing together historical items from both collections to see what varied stories they have to tell.