Interview: Jack Thatcher

Jack Thatcher (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pūkenga, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti and Ngāti Awa; Tiaki Wepiha Te Kapene Thatcher /John Webster Te Kapene Thatcher) is a Pwo Navigator (Master Navigator). Since joining the Te Aurere Waka whanau in the early 90s, he has accumulated over 50,000 nautical miles of deep-ocean and coastal voyaging experience.  Jack has been the navigator for the voyaging waka Te Aurere since 1995 and is one of only a handful across the Pacific to be recognised as a master navigator by the late Pius Mau Piailug of Micronesia.

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