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Restoring The Ratu Finau Canoe

The New Zealand High Commission is helping the Fiji Museum to renovate the Ratu Finau Mara canoe. New Zealand High Commissioner Mark Ramsden said he was pleased in providing funding
10 Apr 2016 10:40
Restoring The Ratu Finau Canoe
Acting Director of Fiji Museum Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua, NZ High Commissioner Mark Ramsden, Conservation Expert (From NZ) Nirmala Balram.

The New Zealand High Commission is helping the Fiji Museum to renovate the Ratu Finau Mara canoe.

New Zealand High Commissioner Mark Ramsden said he was pleased in providing funding for the restoration process.

“The resulting report is going to be of enormous value as the Museum team looks to move and restore the Ratu Finau canoe,” Mr Ramsden said.

“The Ratu Finau canoe itself is the only complete representative of a Pacific double-hulled sailing canoe from the colonial era in the world and this is why New Zealand is keen to help with the restoration process.”

The Fiji Museum is one if Suva’s principal tourist attractions but it is also a Pacific wide asset holding a lot of information and pieces that are so important to the history of the region.

The restoration work had started earlier this week and University of the South Pacific along with the New Zealand High Commission and Fiji Museum have consolidated their efforts to work on the restoration process.

Fiji Museum has been in a great partnership with Te Papa Tongarewa Museum for many years and New Zealand High Commission provided funding for Te Papa Tongarewa Museum conservation experts Nirmala Balram and Shane Pasene to travel to Fiji and assist with the initial inspection this week.

The Te Papa Tongarewa Museum is the New Zealand national museum and art gallery based in Wellington.

“New Zealand and other international partners will look at what further assistance they are able to provide in partnership with the Museum to ensure that this drua is around for future generations to learn from,” Mr Ramsden said.

“It is important for Fiji and New Zealand as well because we share the voyaging tradition and this is a magnificent example because this is a unique drua as old as this.”

There has been many assessments done to restore the canoe and renovate damages to keep the canoe in one piece.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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