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About Us

Okeanos:

Okeanos is a community of international ocean navigators, scientists, cultural leaders, spiritual advisors, activists and artists. Together, we share a vision for a sustainable, fossil fuel free future built upon respect for traditional knowledge, environmental stewardship, biodiversity and holistic place-based education and development strategies.

We develop, fund and implement projects that inspire and initiate positivechange for people and the environment – while increasing awareness of the threats our oceans face in tandem with realistic future solutions.

Okeanos Mission Goals Include:

Sustainable Sea Transportation
Climate Change Preparedness
Traditional Knowledge
Disaster Relieve Assistance
Innovative Research Platform
Work Force Development
Transformative, Place-Based Education
Environmental Advocacy
Gender Equality

 

Okeanos Aotearoa Background:

The Waka Motu Okeanos Aotearoa was originally named Rangi and built in 2013 here in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Waka Motu Rangi was launched in 2013 and set sail for Tahiti to start interisland operations for tourist between the mainland of Tahiti and Makatea.

Makatea is an old phosphate mining Island which is no longer active and has since become a big tourist attraction which can only be reached by boat, therefore fit for purpose to provide that interisland eco transport for the tourist on Waka Motu.

The Waka Motu Rangi then became involved in transporting materials for the Fakarava lagoon Waka which was built and used to do 3D maping of the Fakarava lagoon.

In early 2015 she sailed to Tokelau via Rarotonga and Samoa to assist a film company that were developing a documentry on solar power in Tokelau. From there she sailed to Tonga to participate in the birthday celebrations of the King of Tonga in July 2015. Following the celebrations, she returned home to Rarotonga where she settled for sometime. She then departed in November for Aotearoa New Zealand to do refit and a face lift to prepare for her next journey.

In early 2016 her name was changed from Rangi to Okeanos Aotearoa and departed in June to Tonga to trial the eco whale watching experience and returned to Aotearoa in October 2016, where she will now settle in her new home on the waters of Waitemata at the Auckland Viaduct Marina, Aotearoa New Zealand.