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The Great Waka

Award-winning theatrical fulldome short animation, the third in the collection HOW IT WAS TOLD TO ME: Maori Legends from New Zealand.

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Type: Short
Genre: Animation
Release date: March 2019

Produced by: OHU Domes
Directed by:



Audience Award
Reflections of the Universe
Extra Janus Award
Fulldome Film Festival


This New Zealand Māori tale tells the story of how a fisherman, Tamareriti, created the Milky Way with all its constellations, and for the first time brought light to our Southern night skies.

Look up from The South Pacific, and you’ll see his Great Waka canoe travelling across the sky. Find out how the waka came to be there and how through the ages it has guided Polynesian sailors navigating the southern seas.

This theatrical fulldome animation was created by OHU Domes and features recordings of traditional Māori Instruments, and
showcases high-end creative storytelling for full dome screens.

There are many versions of these stories stemming from different Iwi tribes of Aotearoa New Zealand.

These three short films were developed by OHU Domes for Stardome’s ‘Matariki Dawn’ show in Auckland, and feature recordings of traditional Māori instruments by Dr Richard Nunns, narration by Te Kohe Tuhaka, Tānea Heke, Rangimoana Taylor and sound design by Dylan Storey.


You can get this show from:
Spitz Creative Media

Show details

Shorter version runtime : 5 minutes
Full version runtime: 5 minutes
Suitable for: General audience
Target audience: 6 - 13, 14 - 18, Adults
License: Traditional license
Resource & materials: Poster, Source files

Technical specifications

Video format: Fulldome
Resolution: 4K
Frame rate: 25 fps
Show orientation: Unidirectional
Stereo 3D: None
Production technologies:
Audio format: Stereo, 5.1
Languages: English

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