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Pacific Canoes Coming Here

The Samoan voyaging canoe Gaualofa has joined the Cook Islands’ Marumaru Atua on the second leg of the Mua voyage to Sydney, Australia. This is to raise awareness about the
04 Oct 2014 09:01
Pacific Canoes Coming Here
Prime Mnister Voreqe Bainimarama with his delegation, officials and stakeholders during the commissioning of the Raviravi Village eco-seawall in Macuata on September 30, 2020. Photo: Shratika Naidu

The Samoan voyaging canoe Gaualofa has joined the Cook Islands’ Marumaru Atua on the second leg of the Mua voyage to Sydney, Australia.
This is to raise awareness about the importance of people, the ocean and climate change in the Pacific.
They are currently are sailing to Fiji.
The Samoan and Cook Islands voyage canoes departed Apia, Samoa, yesterday and are expected to arrive in Suva, Fiji, this weekend where they will join the Fijian voyaging canoe.
The three canoes will spend one week in Suva, which will give the people in Fiji the opportunity to visit the vakas (canoes) and be involved in the Mua voyage and help to promote its message.
“The Mua voyage will convey the Pacific island’s message to the world about Our People, Our Islands, Our Ocean, Our Future,” says International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The people of the Pacific have rich and diverse cultures which are shaped by the environment, with islands and communities connected as guardians of the ocean.
“But the ocean is being overexploited. The effects of climate change – rising sea levels, rising temperatures, ocean acidification and more intense storms – are damaging crops, threatening food security, affecting freshwater tables and intruding into island homes.
The Pacific people are calling for partnerships to help sustain the Pacific Islands for future generations and for the health of the planet,” the IUCN said.
“This voyage aims to raise awareness of the Pacific and our commitment to conservation through our heritage and culture,” representative of the Samoa Voyaging Society Leilua Ame Sene-Tanielu said.
The Mua voyage will convey this important message to the world by sailing into Sydney Harbour for the opening of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014.
The Congress is the landmark global forum on protected areas, held once every ten years, and is expected to bring together more than 3000 people from at least 160 countries.
The voyage is a high-profile and innovative way of drawing the world’s attention to the important message from the Pacific about people, oceans and climate change.
“Saturday October 11 will be ‘Vaka Day’, with members of the public invited to come down to the USP Laucala Bay Campus Foreshore to see the three voyaging canoes before they set sail for Port Vila, Vanuatu – their next destination on this important voyage to Sydney.”

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