Cook Islands navigation student Te Aru Rangi Reitu (Rangi)
I had a vision many, many years ago, with me sitting out here on the water in a canoe. I've never told anyone this. This is the first time I'm relaying this to anyone. And in my dream I was saying, "What am I doing here?" I was frightened, and then I realised what I was here for. This is where I'm meant to be, not in New Zealand. This is where I'm meant to be. I'm meant to be part of this voyaging society.


Voyages and Revival

In parts of the Pacific, especially Micronesia, much navigational knowledge has been kept alive. In others, it has been lost.

Now, all over the Pacific, there is a growing revival. There are now many voyaging societies, including those in Hawaii, Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Aotearoa GLOSSARY Aotearoa - New Zealand , and the Marshall Islands. People are making more and more voyages in traditional canoes - rediscovering the past and carving the way to the future. New schools are being started to teach navigation to young people.

Sometimes, European ways are used - like teaching with books, building canoes with modern tools, navigating with the help of western maps and compasses, and using inboard motors and escort boats GLOSSARY escort boats - modern boats that follow a canoe for support. People have different opinions about these things, but everyone has the same aim - to keep the traditional knowledge alive and hand it down to the young navigators of the future.