Aug. 28, 2019, 6:42 p.m.
Environmental issues affecting our oceans was a key point made by Master Navigator Jack Thatcher at a Voyaging wananga recently held in Waitangi and posed the question to himself - what can he do to make a difference as an ocean voyager.
Approximately 8 million pieces of plastic finds its way into our oceans daily and according to a study by ocean observers, there’s over 269,000 tonnes of broken down or micro plastic floating in our oceans. At the current rate there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish.
Thatcher is participating in the Tuia 250 Voyaging commemorations using it as a platform to launch a petition that will recognise Moana Nui-A-Kiwa as an entity that has rights and generate awareness of the ocean’s plight to the front of conversations of Tuia 250.
Thatcher also has plans to take the petition to many other Islands starting in Central Pacific with hopes to reach as far as Hawaii.