Community Marae trustees and visitors took a hikoi on
Whangaroa Harbour to view the present but assimilate the
past as they prepared to step into a brave new future
for the Whangaroa region of Northland.
This was a journey
that will remain in their hearts for ever and will bring
them closer together to truly spell out the hopes and
prayers of Kaumatua David Henare that the project is
guided by the kaupapa -
Kaiawhi mo Mangatowai kia hikoi ko tahi, ai.
and is manifest by
everyone walking as one.
The trustees were
given exemption from making the hikoi on foot, instead
traveling together to the opening to the Pacific Ocean
on the twin-hulled waka Te Aurere, guided by Hector
Busby, the designer and builder of this magnificent
Aurere on Whangaroa Harbour
For the many people who have not made this trip, join us
by looking at the photographic record of this trip.
Kaumatua David Henare briefs the trustees about the
waiting to board the waka - left: Pauline Henare-More,
Mario Grzinic, Mayor Yvonne Sharp, Ella Henry, Mayor John
Law, Mayor Bob Harvey. Right - The Three Mayors: Bob
Harvey, John Law, Yvonne Sharp
briefing - Hector Busby (left) talks about Te Aurere
while in the right picture Bob Harvey, Dame Georina
Kirby and Ella Henry (both backs to camera) listen.
The Hikoi is underway - Ella Henry, David Henare and Bob
Harvey (left picture) and John Law and Yvonne Sharp
Mita Harris, Angela Alessi and Stanley Conrad, the
captain of Te Aurere (left picture) and John
Law, Bob Harvey, Mita Harris and Terry Fitzgibbon with
Ella Henry in front (right picture)
The waka Te Aurere heads east down Whangaroa harbour.
The exit to the Pacific Ocean (left picture) while Terry
Fitzgibbon records the sights on his camera (right
Erosion has created this dog in the solid rock (left)
while nature has done an even more spectacular carving
at Kairara, known as The Duke’s Nose
The hikoi also passes Kingfish Lodge (left picture)
and the old gun emplacement that guarded the harbour
during World War 2 (right picture)
The helmsman (James Eruera) keeping watch with the
hoetere (steering paddle) tucked under his arm (left)
while David Henare and Mario Grzinic share refreshments.
The other visitors accompanied the trustees on the
Back on shore - Dame Georgina Kirby, Mita Harris and
Bo Harris discuss the hikoi (left) while Angela and
Mario talk with the media.
The trio whose casual conversation many months ago on Te
Aurere started the project - Terry Fitzgibbon, Mario Grzinic and David Henare