Stoney Burke and his waka.

Stoney Burke and his waka.



Papa Taiao Earthcare and Kevin ‘Stoney’ Bourke would like to collaborate with the Hokianga Community to operate a Waka Hourua out of the Hokianga.


The waka hourua will be used to bring Iwi of Aotearoa together to celebrate the extraordinary voyaging endeavours of the tupuna to inspire taiohi to lead local regenerative enterprises that benefit te moana and te tangata of Aotearoa.


The aim of the waka hourua project is to improve opportunities for taiohi in Te Tai Tokerau.

Potential products

The waka hourua will be used by Papa Taiao to deliver training programmes and to support the Hokianga Community to continue to grow cultural- and ecological- tourism opportunities.

Education products : use as a Moana Restoration learning platform

Taiohi voyaging

Education programmes in Earthcare, Cultural Enterprise, Cultural Tourism and Eco-tourism

Tourism products

Celestial Navigation Night Tours from the waka hourua in the Hokianga

Cultural tours of the Hokianga on the waka hourua

Mana enhancing voyaging

Mana enhancing, regeneration and reintegration programmes for prisoners about to be reintegrated into the community

Papa Taiao Earthcare and Stoney Bourke aim to develop these products with the Hokianga Community so that the social, cultural and economic benefits flow from these products to the community.



Currently the waka hourua is located in Bluff and is 80% complete.

The plan is to relocate the waka from Bluff to the Hokianga by April 2018 and get inmates from Ngawha Corrections Facility and local taiohi involved in Papa Taiao Earthcare academies to complete the waka. The goal is to have the waka hourua completed by the end of 2018 and train crew over the 2018-19 summer ready for use in 2019.

Inmates and taiohi will learn and earn boat building, sustainability and enterprise skills and qualifications.

We would like to enable rangatahi to own and lead small enterprises that support tourism between Kaikohe the Hokianga and Dargaville.