Monday, 17 September 2007

Canoes of Oceania

Harmen & Toroa off Rangitoto by Tim Anderson

Toroa Lake Pupuke 2002

Old pics of Toroa






Toroa @ Porirua by Ole Maiava '03

Toroa image by Russel Brown '03

Toroa image by Russel Brown

Toroa on port tack by Russel Brown

Toroa on display 2002

Toroa on display at Auckland University of Technology 2002

Toroa @ Coromandel photo Gary Dierking

Julie & Toroa Lake Pupuke, Auckland
(Proas are natural magnets to glamorous women)

Various scanned images Toroa

Harmen & Toroa Lake Pupuke, Auckland 2002 by Julie Holton

Toroa Harmen & Gary @ Coromandel. by Julie Holton

Gary Dierking & Te Wa Coromandel 2000 by Harmen Hielkema

Takapu Laid up and neglected during my illness. by Harmen Hielkema

Takapu Shoal Bay 1998 by Harmen Hielkema

Takapu 1998 @ Shoal Bay, Auckland by Harmen Hielkema

Takapu @ Tindals Bay Auckland 1982

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Toroa by Harmen Hielkema & Mike Toy.

Header Photo: Toroa at Rawene by Julie Holton.

This blog is dedicated to the memory of my father Roelof Hielkema who instilled in me the willingness to learn.
These pages are intended to inform and add to the growing body of knowledge concerning the Canoe Culture of the Pacific, past, present & future, from the Tupuna, the Ancestors of the Pacific cultures to the people of the world.

These pages contain Images and text relating to our two proas, Toroa & Takapu, some history relating to our experiments & experiences.

The dissertation that I posted on this blog in April 2008 "Takapu The Proa" was written by me in 1997 in response to an assignment that I was set whilst studying for my design degree. The dissertation covers many issues that a proa enthusiast may benefit from reading about.

Waka define culture as culture defines waka

Waka reflect the individuality and uniqueness of a society which in turn is governed by the geography, geology, topography, climate, location, resources, isolation, origin, flora, fauna, flotsam, jetsam, etc.

Waka are our link to the past, they have shaped our present and define our future.

Waka are the vessels of knowledge, physical and mental development, freedom of bondage to the land, key to our inquisitiveness, expressions of our ingenuity and courage, our love of shape and form, the seat of our power.

Waka are the source of our material culture, from which all processes are derived.

Waka are who and what we are.