Monday, 3 March 2008

....and more

























My drawing (from a badly damaged photo) of Takapu in 1979



















Takapu as Seabird rebuild #2 1980
note furling jibs on fore and back stays.
This incarnation lasted for 10 years and thousands of miles.

























Takapu in a thunderstorm 1978 (one of two surviving photos)
Auckland NZ. We capsized were rescued by a fisherman after 5 hrs in cold water!





















Toroa on a North Island Road trip
2003। We did 1200 miles together teaching waka ama sailing to students around the North Island.



















Takapu at Wakatere, Auckland 1995

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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.