• A Waka Hourua for Tai Rāwhiti

    Supported by the Windrose Fund of RSF Social Finance, JN Williams Memorial Trust & HBWilliams TurangaTrust, the ECCT and the ECT

  • “It is my view that every support be given to this initiative. It has the potential to influence significant change for youth development in terms of their cultural awareness, personal enhancement and pride, while providing life skills and vocational opportunities as an alternative education platform.”

    - Dr Apirana Mahuika 



    A Waka Hourua for Tairāwhiti providing life-changing experiences to enhance the educational, cultural, environmental, economic and social well-being of Tairāwhiti.

  • Sharing the Vision

    Trustees & Supporters share the vision for a Waka Hourua


    Tairāwhiti Voyaging Trust has an awesome team of trustees.

    Te Aturangi Nepia-Clamp


    Ngati Porou, Rongowhakaata, Kahungunu, English

    • 35 years of experience and knowledge regarding Waka Hourua construction, managing, carving and sailing including 11 ocean voyages
    • Endorsement as a Royal Yacht Association Yacht Master Skipper - RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence
    • Past Vice President of Cook Islands Voyaging Society
    • Trustee of Te Ha 1769 Sestercentennial Trust, Leader of Voyaging, Science and Education Committee.

    Owen Lloyd

    Vice Chairperson

    Ngā Ariki Kaiputahi, Ngati Porou, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Whakatohea

    • Chairman, Ngā Ariki Kaiputahi Iwi
    • Negotiator, Turanga Treaty Claims Negotiations
    • Regional Leadership Group, Whānau Ora
    • Chair, New Zealand Council of Social Services

    Caren Fox


    Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata

    • Background as a senior lecturer in law, director of graduate studies and as a practicing lawyer
    • Currently works with the Māori Land Court, the Environment Court and the Waitangi Tribunal in a judicial capacity.
    • National Board member of Waka Ama New Zealand for two years as it transitioned from a club-led organisation to a professional sporting body.
    • Waka paddler with appreciation for the importance of Tairāwhiti regional waters and oceans to the community.

    Dr Jennie Harré Hindmarsh


    PhD (Education, VUW), MSc (Social Services, LSE), Tohu Māoritanga (VUW), BA Hons (Education, Massey).

    • Ngāti Porou Hauora Charitable Trust - Research Coordinator (part-time) 
    • Self-employed Consultant
    • Previous Employment: Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand - Director National Services Te Paerangi; RNZCGP - Director GP Registrar Training; VUW & Massey - Senior/Lecturer, Education & Social Work; Social & Community Worker (Palmerston North, London, Wellington).
    • Current governance roles: Ako Aotearoa Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence Board, Te Ha 1769 Sestercentennial Trust, Longbush Ecological Restoration Trust, Tairawhiti Voyaging Trust.

    Daniel Procter


    • BA in Social Work and for 5 years employed by Stand for Children services as a Community Social Worker.
    • National Trainer for Circle of Courage – RAP training, and for Residential Child and Youth Care Professionals
    • Trustee on The National Trust Board for Te Kohanga Reo
    • 5 times National Longboard Surfing Champion.
    • 2 times NZ team representative – Longboarding.
    • Graduate of Kohanga Reo, Kura Kaupapa Maori, Wharekura and Wharewananga.

    John Logan


    • 50 years self-employed business - founder and former Manager Director of Logan Print Ltd
    • 35 years sailing experience incl. past Commodore of Gisborne Yacht Club
    • 47 years of community service through Rotary – past President and current treasurer of Rotary Club of Gisborne West, trustee/treasurer or Rotary Club of Gisborne West Charitable Trust
    • Treasurer/Secretary of Gisborne Marina Development Society
    • Trustee/Treasurer of War Memorial Theatre Gisborne Trust

    Lisa Maniapoto


    Ko Ngati Tuwharetoa, ko Ngati Pikiao, Ko Tuhourangi oku iwi.

    Kei Whangara mai tawhiti, i te Tairāwhiti toku kainga inaianei.


    • Involved in Education for the last 20 years, leader of Maori Immersion Roopu in Whaingaroa, Raglan to present leadership role as Principal of Whangara School since 2004.
    • B Ed in Education, Diploma of Teaching at Waikato University, Diploma in Second Language Learning.
    • 2010, awarded Royal Society Science Fellowship to study educational programmes in Waka Hourua. Spent time in Hawaii, learning about Educational programmes delivered by Hokule'a and Makali'i.
    • Active member/coach  of Horouta Waka Hoe Club for the last 15 years.
    • Competitive paddler, ocean paddling- attending events nationally and in the Pacific.

    David Langford


    • Principal, Awapuni Primary School
    • Gisborne born and bred.  Passionate about our region. Love our cultural diversity, relishing opportunities Tairāwhiti has provided.
    • Sport involvement over the years has included waka ama, horse-riding, rugby, basketball and athletics.
    • 30 years principalship and 39 years in education.  A teacher in Gisborne Schools, Te Hapara, Gisborne Intermediate, Otoko (Principal) and Awapuni (Principal). Past President of Gisborne Principals’ Association (5 Years).
    • Current member of Minister of Education’s Cross Sector Forum and 21st Century Learning Reference Group.
    • Local Trusteeships have included: Te Unga Mai Trust, Tairāwhiti/Turanganui A Kiwa Voyaging Trust.

    Ian Hunter


    • Principal, Mangapapa Primary School

    Planning Documents & Commissioned Reports

    December 2015

    BERL economists' assessment of the direct and indirect economic benefits of the project to Tairāwhiti and New Zealand.

    © Te Matau a Māui Voyaging Trust

    December 2015

    An assessment by Professor Simon Milne, a global tourism expert, on the regional tourism opportunities presented by the project.


  • Endorsements

    Take a look and enjoy!

    “The training associated with waka hourua is rigorous, both physically and intellectually. The crews must be fit, disciplined and skilled. The experience of being at sea is transformative for young people, inspiring confidence, pride and a spirit of adventure, and stretching them on every dimension.”


    Distinguished Professor 

    Dame Anne Salmond 




    © Te Matau a Māui Voyaging Trust

    “The evolving New Zealand visitor profile and the nation’s strategic focus on attracting high-yield visitors points to an ability and willingness for visitors to be able to add new ‘soft adventure’ experiences to their budgets, thus creating additional economic spin off for the local economy in addition to important supplemental revenue to fuel Te Waka Hourua’s core role.”


    Dr Simon Milne

    Global Tourism Consultant

    “The possibilities for deep, holistic learning are huge... It creates a context for cultural, environmental, social relationship building, heritiage, historical and academic learning... for students of all ages.”


    Wiremu Elliott

    Principal, Lytton High School

    “The sestercentennial commemoration which is the core business of Te Ha Sestercentennial Trust... commemorates Gisborne being the first meeting place of Māori and Pākehā. Clearly this commemoration is not just of local significance but national importance... the Waka Hourua will be a great asset to Te Ha, the local and wider community.”


    Judy Campbell -

    CEO, Gisborne District Council


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