Haunui is a replica of a Waka Hourua (traditional double hulled voyaging canoe), built by Salthouse Boat builders in Auckland in 2009, funded by Okeanos Foundation of the Sea. Haunui was built with a combination of natural and modern material. The specific design and model of the fleet was taken from molds of Te Au O Tonga, which resides in the Cook Islands.
The fleet of Wakahourua was formed for the ‘Te Mana o Te Moana’ project, a project that involved voyaging the Pacific with a mission to spread awareness of climate change and its effects on our oceans. Haunui was the second waka of three, initially built to start the trials for the fleet that is to be seven canoes strong in honour of the migration histories that tell the story of seven canoes voyaging to Aotearoa over 1000 years ago.