Tuesday, 26 February 2013

I just found these old image files. Toroa off Milford Beach, Auckland

 Toroa off Milford, Auckland. Coloured pencil on paper 500mm X 650mm.
I gifted this image of me and Toroa to my oldest son Robert on his 21st birthday eight years ago.

Takapu sitting on the mud at Ngataringa Bay Auckland. Water colour on paper.
 This painting of Toroa is on the wall of my office at work to remind me of my connections.

Micronesian Canoe, Coloured pencil on paper.
This canoe caught my attention because of the hull and kiato structural relationship, part Marshallese, part Kiribati.

Gary Dierking's Te Wa. Water colour on paper.
 I painted this image after a stay with Gary and Rose, it hangs on their dining room wall.

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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.