img poster fulldome show Ngā Tohunga Whakatere – The Navigators

Ngā Tohunga Whakatere – The Navigators

Fly through space, follow the stars, traverse the largest ocean on Earth with Moko, and her ancestors.

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Type: Feature show
Genre: Animation
Release date: October 2021

Directed by: Lala Rolls




This immersive planetarium film tells the story of Māori, Pasifika and European Navigation towards Aotearoa New Zealand through the eyes of a budding navigator, Moko.

Like Moana in the Disney film, she steps into the world of her Pacific ancestors and onto the decks of their voyaging canoes. As a scientist and explorer, she takes in the view of Earth from space and crosses cultures to witness the worlds of Captain Cook and the Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman.

With Moko, we stand alongside the navigators, explore their traditions, uncover their science, and wrap it all up in the space knowledge we have today.

The film encompasses the experiences of historical and present-day voyagers. Every storm, latitude, star path and sunrise has been lived.


You can get this show from:
Island Productions Aotearoa

Show details

Shorter version runtime : not available
Full version runtime: 30 minutes
Suitable for: General audience
Target audience: 6 - 13, 14 - 18, Adults
License: Traditional license, Short-term license
Resource & materials: Guide for educators, Poster, Source files

Technical specifications

Video format: Fulldome
Resolution: 4K
Frame rate: 30 fps
Show orientation: Unidirectional
Stereo 3D: None
Production technologies: CG, Live action
Audio format: Stereo, 5.1
Languages: English

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Screened at 2 dome theaters and counting...


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