Waka Taua Documentary – Te Hono Ki Aotearoa – Duration 84 Minutes
“Don’t crash it”, jokes Chappy Harrison as he hands over captaincy to Koos Wabeke, the young Dutchman who will guide a beautiful new waka taua down Dutch canals. The waka, Te Hono ki Aotearoa, was commissioned for the Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden by Toi Maori Aotearoa. This lively film describes its creation – and the dedication of all involved to avoiding crashes of the inter-cultural kind. Dutch immersion in kaupapa waka begins propitiously in museum director Steven Engelsman’s desire to get it right and in the affinity he strikes with the master carver Hekenukumai Busby.
Given a front row seat from the earliest negotiations through to the handing over, filmmaker Jan Bieringa is alert to the different ways in which so many men on the project, young and old, Maori and Dutch, inhabit the rituals that invest meaning in the work. With all due tact and admiration she marks the generation of something deeply stirring: a taonga destined never to return but to make Aotearoa manifest on European waters.
New Zealand | 2012 | 84 minutes
Director/Producer: Jan Bieringa
Photography: Davorin Fahn, Toby
Mills, Pat Murray, Matt Knight,
Herman de Boer, Dick Peterse
Editors: Lala Rolls, Owen Ferrier-Kerr
Music: Warren Maxwell, Hine and Tepene Mamaku
With: Hekenukumai Busby, Dr Steven Engelsman, Robert Gabel, Garry Nicholas, Tamahou Temara, Chapman Harrison, Joe Conrad, Farideh Fekrsanati, Dr Takirirangi Smith, James Molner, Koos Wabeke, Pieter Roorda, Peerke van der List, James Eruera.