Maori master canoe builder, Hekenukumai Busby (New Zealand)
In 1985 a Tuhoe elder, John Rangihau was overseas. In Hawaii he met some Hawaiians thinking about sailing a canoe from Hawaii to Tahiti onto Rarotonga, but they were unsure about a journey between Rarotonga and Aotearoa. Then Nainoa Thompson one of Mau Piailug's first students came to New Zealand. He had to decide whether or not to sail to New Zealand. I accepted responsibility for their care and he agreed to sail here and made me a very happy man. That is when they prepared themselves for their Voyage of Rediscovery.

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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.