Marumaru Atua Update: Suva, Monday 6th October
Good to see our vaka has arrived safely in Suva this morning.
The crew have a busy week ahead. This evening there was a welcome Kava Ceremony, and they are being hosted this evening to dinner by IUCN. This week the main events are training the crew at the WPC Messaging workshop, there is a Media and Sponsors Cocktail evening (co-sponsored by USP) on Wednesday 8th, MUA Vaka Family day on Saturday 11th and a special farewell Church service on Sunday the 12th.
The Cook Islands, Samoan, Tongan, Tahitian and Voyaging & Yachting communities are invited to join the events to celebrate the MUA Voyage and the important message that they will carry to Sydney. The vaka are berthed at the Marine Campus, and crew accomodated at St Luke’s Hall nearby.
During the week Marumaru Atua and Gaualofa will also under go some modifications and crew will carry out necessary repairs and maintenance to the vaka before they depart for Sydney via Vanuatu and Brisbane on Monday 13th October. There will also be a small handover ceremony for the new sails at USP. Bula Vinaka to IUCN Energy for the new sails. Without these sails we would not have been able to make this voyage. We would also like to thank all our sponsors back home and in Fiji and through out the Pacific for making this Voyage possible. Vinaka vaka levu to IUCN and the MUA Team who have been working tirelessly to make this voyage happen.
We are passionate about our islands and our future generations and the plight of Pacific Island people so it is amazing to see our Pacific Voyagers reunited and making this historic voyage to this event to highlight the plight of our ocean, if we look after the Ocean it will look after us…..
Reposted from the Marumaru Atua / Cook Islands Voyaging Society News Update, October 6, 2014