Fleet arrives in paradise

20 October 2013

Fleet arrives in paradise
The Bay of Islands must be one of the most beautiful cruising areas in the world, and after some epic racing across the Tasman Sea, the results of the Sydney Auckland Regatta are as follows:

1st  Europa
2nd  Tecla
3rd  Spirit of New Zealand

Oosterschelde (Netherlands) decided to retire before the amended Time Limit after making Cape Reinga. She joins Young Endeavour, PIcton Castle and Lord Nelson - who also retired. 

Some of the fleet ship are expected to leave Opua on Sunday 20 or Monday 21 October and head down to the spectacular Great Barrier Island before reaching Auckland on Friday 25 October, lead by the local vessel Spirit of New Zealand.

Meanwhile the  welcome the fleet has had in Opua has been fantastic and crews had the honour of attending a Pōwhiri at Russel.

A Māori welcome on to a marae is a pōwhiri (or pōhiri). Marae are not the only places where pōwhiri take place - pōwhiri can happen anywhere that hosts (tangata whenua) wish to formally greet a group of visitors (manuhiri).
A Pōwhiri (or pōhiri)

Māori is the language used during pōwhiri. While pōwhiri may vary according to the occasion and the tribal area, Māori language still guides pōwhiri. It includes the following steps:

Karanga is a unique form of female oratory in which women bring a range of imagery and cultural expression to the first calls of welcome (and response) in the pōwhiri.

Whaikōrero or formal speech making follows the karanga. Some of the best Māori language orations are given during pōwhiri when skilled speakers craft the language into a series of verbal images. The protocols for whaikōrero during pōwhiri are determined by the kawa (practices) of the marae or local iwi if the pōwhiri is not held on a marae.

A waiata or song is sung after each whaikōrero by the group the orator represents. It is common to hear traditional waiata during pōwhiri.

Koha – a gift, generally an envelope of money, is laid on the ground by the last speaker for the manuhiri (visitors). A local kuia (female elder) may karanga as an expression of thanks. A male from the tangata whenua will pick up the koha.

Hongi – the pressing of noses signifies the joining together of tangata whenua and manuhiri. Tangata whenua invite the manuhiri to come forward to shake hands (hariru) and hongi.

Hākari – the feast, a meal is then shared. This usually signifies the end of the pōwhiri.
Captains log from Picton Castle (Canada)

Friday 18 October 2013:  Sailing towards the Land of Clouds

Ahead in the east the rosy loom of a sun below the horizon is fading the stars out of the sky – except for the Southern Cross and its pointer stars. These points of light in the deep, dark blue sky above the growing morning on the starboard seem to drift or hang over this new land, lingering on somehow. What appears to be a large slumbering whale is revealing itself to be the North Cape of New Zealand. We are making our landfall at the “Land of Clouds” on Picton Castle at dawn. 

Seas are smooth, winds from the SW and cool. And just for our benefit a full moon sets astern, a moon we have had with us all night. It has been a pleasure to have the company. After over 1,000 miles we are very near our destination, although, truth is, the goal really was the voyage for many of our gang and this will soon come to an end. Easy enough to fly to New Zealand if that’s where you want to get to. Yes, the destination is slinging your sea-bag over the rail and stepping foot aboard. The rest is getting ready to be ready.

As the sky brightens ahead, a couple of hands are in the galley deck house, the ‘kaboose’, getting coffee going and making some breakfast for all hands. Philosophical indulgences or not we still need to eat and are still coming into port after a passage at sea. This promises to be oatmeal cakes this morning accompanied by a perfectly clear morning, with not a cloud in the sky

Land of Clouds, New Zealand, Kiwi, all pretty good names for this land ahead, although I am not sure where “Old” Zealand is – thought it was the main Island of Denmark, but not too sure. ‘Land of Clouds’ is good too, the original Maori name, just sort of long, a mouthful. “Kiwi” is a pretty fine name for a country, slips out of the mouth easily enough and pretty much everyone knows what you mean – and many folks call these islands ‘Kiwi’. Seems to fit somehow too. Kiwi. Odd little bird too.

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