Story: Waka ama – outrigger canoeing

Hawaikinui, 1985

Hawaikinui, 1985

Matahi (Greg) Brightwell and Francis Cowan are shown with other crew members of the replica double-hulled voyaging waka Hawaikinui on its arrival at Ōkahu Bay, Auckland. Its hulls were made from two tōtara trees from Whirinaki State Forest. These were hollowed out in Porirua and Pahīatua, then shipped to Tahiti for finishing. Hawaikinui sailed from Tahiti to Rarotonga, then on to New Zealand, in 1985. Cook Island, Tahitian and Māori representatives welcomed the vessel ashore.

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Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, 'Waka ama – outrigger canoeing - Contemporary waka ama', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 5 Sep 2013