VOYAGING CANOES TO RECREATE PACIFIC MIGRATION

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French Polynesia to Hawaii voyage planned next year

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, August 25, 2009) – A fleet of six double-hulled canoes will set sail from French Polynesia for Hawaii next year, to recreate one of the world's greatest migrations.

Three of the double-hulled canoes for the new voyage have already been built, at a boat yard in New Zealand's Waitemata Harbour, in Auckland.

Three more are due to be completed by November.

The robust boats, built from a traditional design from the Tuamotu islands in French Polynesia, have twin hulls 22 metres in length, joined by a platform supporting a small deckhouse.

Manager of the Pacific Voyaging Canoes project, Te Aturangi Nepia-Clamp says as well as recreating history, the aim is to regenerate Polynesia's voyaging skills and ancestral traditions.

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