Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti

The first seeds of Waka Tapu began in December 1985, when the Hawaiian voyaging waka Hōkūle'a sailed into Waitangi Harbour, witnessed by master waka builder Hekenukumai (Hector) Busby. The visit inspired him to build two similar vessels - one of them Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti

Commissioned by Sir Hekenukumai Puhipi (Sir Hector Busby) in 2000, ‘Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti’, named after his late wife, was built with a view to ‘closing the Polynesian Triangle’ by sailing to Rapa Nui (Easter Island). This vessel was part of the Waka Tapu voyage in 2012, departing Auckland and sailing 10,000 nautical miles return to Rapa Nui, before returning to Doubtless Bay on the east coast of the Northland region.

Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and the Waka Tapu project