Ngā Tohunga Whakatere —
The Navigators

Commissioned by Museums Wellington Space Place

Following the star path to Aotearoa was one of the cool animation opportunities Michel worked on during 2021.

Space Place presents Ngā Tohunga Whakatere  - The Navigators, a planetarium film sharing the story of Māori, Pasifika and, later, European navigation towards Aotearoa through the eyes of a young girl, Moko.

Moko dreams of becoming a master star navigator like her tūpuna and like her koro Jack.

The budding navigator finds herself travelling through time and space in the wake of the greatest Pacific navigators, in a fully immersive planetarium show on Space Place’s stunning digital, full-dome planetarium screen.

Journey with Moko as she gains knowledge and understanding of Māori, Pasifika and European voyaging traditions and realises how skilled her tūpuna had to be to travel the largest ocean on Earth.

Ngā Tohunga Whakatere - The Navigators is a family-friendly animated 30-minute immersive show that’ll take you on an unforgettable adventure across the Pacific Ocean.

Suitable for ages 8+ | 30 minutes | Tickets include entry to Space Place’s galleries