Story: Tokelauans

Carving a vaka, 2012 (3rd of 3)

Carving a vaka, 2012

In 2011 and 2012 Tokelauan men and boys gathered at the Matauala community hall in the Porirua suburb of Cannons Creek to carve a traditional vaka (canoe). Led by master carver Vase Reupena, the 30-strong group worked together for around five months to build the vaka from two tōtara logs. 

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Reference: 6 March 2012

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Carl Walrond, 'Tokelauans - Communities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 August 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015