Watch: Panel discussion – Te Aurere’s maiden voyage
The original crew from the waka hourua waka houruadouble-hulled voyaging canoeMāoriTe Aurere recall its 1992 voyage to Rarotonga, which would chart the course for future voyaging in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Te Aurere, Ngatangiia, Rarotonga 1992, Image courtesy of Te Tai Tokerau Tārai Waka Inc and Jack Thatcher
Te Aurere's Maiden Voyage Crew 1992. Photo courtesy of Te Tai Tokerau Tārai Waka Inc and Jack Thatcher
Hekenukumai Ngāiwi Busby (Papa Hek) led the revitalisation of waka
wakaocean-going vesselMāori building, navigation, and voyaging here in Aotearoa New Zealand, under the guidance of Satawalese navigator Mau Piailug. In 1992, Hekenukumai’s dream became a reality: Te Aurere – the first waka hourua to be built here in 600 years – made its inaugural voyage.
With panel facilitators Ngawaiata Evans and Keringawai Evans-Larkin, left to right are Jack Thatcher, Sam Hauwaho, Stanley Conrad, Craig Subritzky, Martin Bercic. Te Aturangi Nepia-Clamp, and Pita Turei.