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.