Te Moana
Anna Marbrook
Heather Lee
Executive Producer
Dieter Paulmann
Wayne Cook
Don McGlashan
Oceanic Nature Film Productions Ltd

A Two Year Voyage

We were shooting a series on Pacific food across the region and it seemed that everywhere we went we encountered the waka. Tua Pittman a celestial navigator and tribal leader we met along the way said to me The waka are the heart of the Pacific.” This captured my curiosity. The more I encountered the voyagers the more I heard their vital message – stewardship of the ocean. When Dieter Paulman approached Heather and I to take on the film we were both honoured to be able to contribute to crafting the story of this monumental two year voyage to capture the extraordinary training of the next generation and make a piece that spoke to that heart of the Pacific. As I met these extraordinary humans they showed me that the waka function to connect us. As they travel they weave together cultures and people. For them the ocean does not seperate us it holds us together.


Winner Silver World Medal New York Film and Television Awards
Tahiti Film Festival, Pacific Film Festival Sydney and New Zealand

Project Stats


Nautical Miles


Waka Hourua


Years at Sea