Whangaroa Harbour Hikoi

October 2006

The Mangatowai 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 -

Nga 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 vessel.


 Te 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 hikoi


 Trustees 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


 The 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 (right picture)


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 picture)


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 launch Kuri


 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


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