Te Hono ki Aotearoa - The Link to New Zealand
The ceremonial waka taua Te Hono ki Aotearoa (The Link to New Zealand) was carved in 2010 and is based in the Netherlands at Volkenkunde Museum in Leiden. This is a 100 year partnership between the Museum and Toi Māori. Click this link for the Te Hono ki Aotearoa Documentary.
This waka is used a vehicle for promoting contemporary Māori arts on the world stage in Europe. Since handing over the waka to the Dutch in an elaborate ceremony on the picturesque Dutch canals during October 2010 in Leiden, it has been used in the following events;
Toi Māori have also used other ceremonial waka taua as an iconic feature to promote Māori arts globally;
Since 2010 Dutch rowers who have been trained as kaihoe for Te Hono ki Aoteaora have been hosted at the annual national waka pageant at Waitangi.