Le Ta Va'a

Our Canoe

Polynesian Canoe Building & Sailing in Porirua, Aotearoa

Va'a Launch 2022

The va’a will undergo water testing in 2021 and will be launched 2022 in Porirua.

Launch details will be posted early 2022.


Talofa, Malo ni, Kia ora, Kia orana, Aloha, Bula Vinaka, welcome to Le Ta Va'a canoe builiding and sailing programme in Porirua, Wellington, Aotearoa. I'm John Misky and I build and sail va'a (Pacific canoe).

This programme recognises Ocean and Pacific knowledge systems as valued education systems.

This programme is also committed to raising awareness on the impacts of climate change on Pacific islands to advocate for change and protect our island homes.

Va'a Specifications

• 10m Soatau coastal sailing canoe
• Made of Yellow Cedar, Willow, Maire & Fiberglass
• Weighs 400kgs
• Mast 7m
• Can carry 5 - 8 adults

With a background in joinery and carpentry and following an epic 3 year journey around the world aboard Polynesian double hull canoe, John had a desire to share Polynesian sailing knowledge with his community.

This first va’a was built by John between 2017 - 2021. The va’a was a promise made to his Grandma to raise funds for the Tokelaun Bible translation project and a dream to grow Polynesian sailing activity in his community of Porirua.

Over four years mostly after work and on the weekends, John and a small team of supporters built the va'a in a canoe shed at his home based on John's research and consultations with Pacific elders and knowledge holders.

The va'a build will be water tested in 2021 with the launch in 2022.


We hold:

•open days
•appear at events
•host workshops in person & online to teach our building and sailing methods.

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Va'a LaunchPorirua2022TBC
Va'a TalanoaPorirua2022TBC
Wana Ake FestivalTe Papa22 & 23 Jan 202110am-4pm
Waitangi DayPorirua06 Feb 202010am - 4pm
Te Ra o Te RaukuraWaiwhetu01 Feb 202010am - 4pm


25 April 2021

23 October 2017

22 July 2017



Email: letavaanz@gmail.com


October 2021

Trailer work proceeding well. The trailer gets us one step closer to the water.

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