May 9, 2021

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NorthTec team turns out waka from fiberglass mold – WaateaNews

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A team building a fibreglass waka for use on Whangarei Harbour hopes to have it launched by Christmas.

Maori Tours Whangarei has commissioned NorthTecs Future Trades unit to build the waka.

Project team member Peter Vaughan says the hull has come out of the mold, previously used to build waka for the Bay of islands, and the team of eight boatbuilding and marine cabinetmaking students under carver Taipari Munro are working on the tauihu and taurapa or bow and sternposts.

It’s similar to a waka tete: Its not a waka taua but it will have carvings. It doesnt have the level of tikanga or kawa that a waka taua has, so it can be used for more general purposes. Obviously there is a tikanga and some kaupapa around how we use the waka, so people will be taught that, Mr Vaughan says.

Maori Tours Whangarei intends to use the waka to build waka culture and skills among the hapu around the harbour.

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