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Ngā Waka

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“Ahakoa he iti he pounamu”

Pūmaiterangi carries the mana of sailing waka hourua within TTVT and he connects us directly to these ancestral practices.

Through korero and wananga between Hoturoa and waka enthusiast Gary Dierking in the early 2000’s a vision was realised. A vision that saw the construction of a Tipairua, an ancient double hulled canoe design that dates back 1000’s of years.

This canoe was finished in 2003, and launched on Kawhia Moana at Maketū Marae. Blessed by the karakia of Tohunga Hone Haunui, the presence of Te Arikinui Dame Te Ātairangi Kāhu and the Name of our Tūpuna who remained in Hawaiki (brother to Hoturoa).

Eo’ Pūmaiterangi.


Hull & Sail design: Tipairua
Length: 9
Beam: 2.4m
Draft: 0.4m
Rig Height: 7.5m
TTVT Kaitiakitanga since: launching 2003




“Kāwhia Moana,Kāwhia Kai, Kāwhia Tanagata”

Haunui carries the mana of Kāwhia Moana and the Tainui people within TTVT and connects us back to our Tupuna who settled in Aotearoa.

‘Te Mana o te Moana’ was a project to build ocean awareness and through this project a fleet of contemporary voyaging canoes was born.

The second of seven canoes built was launched as Va’atele and gifted to the people of American Samoa, however due to the unfortunate impacts of the 2009 tsunami saw Va’atele returned to the Salt House boat builders yard in Āotearoa.

This created an opportunity for Hoturoa to realise yet another vision. This time having a double hulled canoe that was not only a Tipairua but one that was capable of open ocean voyaging. Va’atele was acquired by TTVT, repaired and blessed by the karakia of Hoturoa, the presence of many of his fellow waka whanau and the name of tohunga Hone Haunui who had recently passed on.

Eo’ Haunui

Hull design: Tipairua
Sail design: Cook Island Crab Claw
Length: 22m
Beam: 6.5m
Draft: 0.8m - 1.2 with centre boards down
Rig Height: 14m
TTVT Kaitiakitanga since: re-launching in Feb 2011


Aotearoa One


“Kotahi te kohao o te ngira e kuhuna ai te miro ma, te miro pango, me te miro whero.”

Aotearoa One (A1) carries the mana of inter generational knowledge transfer within TTVT and connects all people especially our youth to both the physical and spiritual practices of our ancestors.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa (TWoA) was responsible for the project of constructing a double hulled voyaging canoe with the vision to serve as a floating classroom, and was the needle that wove many modern day voyagers together by starting their journey of sailing traditional vessels. She upheld this vision for TWoA from her launching in 2003 till 2013. The opportunity for TTVT to assume the role as Kaitiaki of A1 was presented in 2015 and since then she has been a part of our whanau continuing her important mahi for our people.

Eo’ Aotearoa One

Hull design: Tipairua/Va’atele
Sail design: Cook Island / Marquesian Crab Claw
Length: 22m
Beam: 7.2m
Draft: 1m
Rig Height: 16m
TTVT Kaitiakitanga since: 2015




“Ko te mana o te moana ko te wehi ee”.

Hinemoana carries the mana of the Pacific Ocean within TTVT and is our connection back to our people's origins.

Like Haunui, Hinemoana is one of the seven waka built as part of Te Mana o Te Moana. The last waka of that fleet to be built, she was named as the female deity of the sea. Hinemoana has had a similar pathway to Haunui and Aotearoa One of perpetuating the skills and knowledge of our ancestors.

Spending majority of her life in Tauranga Moana under the Kaitiakitanga of the Hawaiki Rising whanau the opportunity for her to join the TTVT wakahourua fleet was present in 2019 and by 2020 we relocated her to Kāwhia Moana to continue her mahi.


Eo’ Hinemoana

Hull design: Tipairua
Sail design: Cook Island Crab Claw
Length: 22m
Beam: 6.5m
Draft: 0.8m - 1.2 with centre boards down
Rig Height: 14m
TTVT Kaitiakitanga since: 2019

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