After many months of fundraising and hard work by staff and volunteers to repair the damage on board the Mari Nawi, the fully refurbished vessel was relaunched on December 1.
A smoking ceremony at Circular Quay welcomed supporters on board the refurbished Mari Nawi for a cruise to Clark Island, where guest disembarked in their new Tribal Warrior T-shirts to watch a Cultural Performance.
During the cruise guests and dignitaries enjoyed bush tucker and drinks as well as the enthusiastic hospitality of the Tribal Warrior team who worked like legends behind the scenes to get the boat looking good and ready for the event.
Supporters were excited to see the vessel renewed and Tribal Warrior is happy to have her back on the water so she can continue to carry, educate and entertain people.
Since the relaunch, Mari Nawi has been on the harbour with school groups led by our knowledgeable cultural guides and performers as well as cultural cruises, community days and charters. New Year’s Eve she was back leading the Harbour of Light Parade with our flagship ketch Tribal Warrior.
Mari Nawi plays a vital role for the Tribal Warrior. The boat acts as a training vessel for our maritime programs; a place of employment; an income stream for Clean Slate Without Prejudice and other mentoring programs, as well as a stage for cultural activities and performances. The Mari Nawi is also utilised to inform the broader community about the history and culture of Sydney.
We look forward to welcoming many groups and individuals on board the Mari Nawi in 2017. Our many thanks to all the volunteers and financial contributors who donated their time, skills and funds to get the Mari Nawi refurbished and back on Sydney harbour.