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.

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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.