Tauranga waka on Wellington voyage

Hinemoana waka is off to the Wellington Festival this week.

Tauranga-based Hinemoana waka has arrived in Gisborne as she heads to Wellington, where she will be part of a waka fleet celebrating Kupe’s first arrival in New Zealand.

There are 19 people on board, five crew and a number of students and teachers from several schools, says skipper Pat Mohi.

Hinemoana, along with other waka making the voyage to Wellington, are part of the main event on the Wellington Festival opening night on February 23.

Kupe is traditionally credited with being the first Polynesian navigator to arrive on New Zealand shores in the tenth century AD.

“We will be doing day sails promoting re-educating mainstream society about the voyaging navigation traditions of the first sailors,” says Pat.

“It’s just a way to get awareness out there, do away with the old conversation about drift voyaging.”

They will be talking about sailing against the wind, star navigation and how the early navigators used environmental clues in finding their ways across the Pacific.

“We’ll be promoting New Zealand’s own voyaging history and well as enhancing awareness of the correct story as we see it, as opposed to what is promoted,” says Pat.

“I think it’s going to be the first for Wellington, where all the waka turn up at once, promoting hosting and really highlighting the event.

“For me everybody’s culture at some stage has taken to the water, it’s something we can all relate to.”

It is the waka’s first major coastal voyage since being re-powered with twin diesels running bio-fuel.

It gives them more flexibility entering and departing harbours, particularly the Tauranga home port where Hinemoana can now comfortably enter port against the tide.

“It is definitely making the job easier for us as far as getting to places when there is no wind,” says Pat.

“It is giving the kids really good value for dollar for the day sails. In 24 hours can get to Mayor Tuhua and Slipper. It’s opened up the value."

Hinemoana waka is operated by Hawaiki Rising and offers voyages out of Tauranga for young people.


@ Told you

Posted on 18-02-2018 00:50 | By waxing

So how do you think Maori got here in the first place? By aeroplane?

@ NZer and private/petty officer

Posted on 17-02-2018 00:21 | By waxing

The skipper, Pat Mohi, in the article above provided a totally sensible reason for the installation of the twin diesels. It is not the intention to use them to "motor" while they use traditional Maori navigation and voyaging methods. But they do have a deadline to meet for the multi-waka opening of the Wellington Arts Festival. There is of course no Maritime New Zealand rule requiring power drills to be carried on board. But I would certainly see them as sensible for repairs and maintenance while in port - wouldn’t you? And they have nothing otherwise to do with traditional Maori navigation and voyaging. Perhaps you may better educate your children in the detail of these?


Posted on 16-02-2018 21:38 | By Told you

To tell the people that they used stars to navigate is stretching the truth a bit far,if they said for safety, modern equipment was used we might believe them.

Maritime NZ rules

Posted on 15-02-2018 22:28 | By Captain Sensible

I am not aware that Maritime NZ require deWalt power drills to be carried on board. I couldn’t imagine why there would be such a rule. Anyway, the kids all laughed and thought it was the highlight of the show!

Um waxing

Posted on 15-02-2018 17:11 | By NZer

What maritime safety requirement requires sailing vessels to have twin diesels installed?

@ rastus, private/petty officer

Posted on 15-02-2018 14:59 | By waxing

Of course there is modern equipment aboard - it is a requirement by Maritime Safety. But if he says he will use traditional Polynesian navigation and voyaging, why do you attack him? Presumably you don’t believe him. And presumably if he was a Pakeha you would. So I suggest you go down to Wellington for the multiple waka opening of their Arts Festival. I’m sure I can arrange a public venue for you all to apologise and wash your mouths out with soap,


Posted on 15-02-2018 12:31 | By rastus

What arrogance this ’pat’ Mohi’ has - its not that long ago that we were all told about these great sailors who made a trip up into the pacific and all was going well until someone let the cat out of the bag that this was all rubbish since the craft eventually hooked up to a modern boat that towed them to their destination - I applaud the teaching of history but lets make sure that we are not rewriting it to suit our agenda’s


Posted on 15-02-2018 12:13 | By Captain Sensible

My kids saw a presentation on a voyage of this canoe, or similar, to Easter Island and they were told the crew used nothing modern....only what they had in the 1700’s. The kids laughed themselves silly after seeing a yellow deWalt cordless drill in use not to mention the GPS hidden the GMDSS equipment!


Posted on 15-02-2018 09:20 | By dumbkof2

i notice a lot of modern day things on this canoe. im sure the ones that sailed here didnt have these things so not a true representation of things

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