The Te Ahu o Rehua project is led by Mātangireia Waka Trust (MWT) and is non-profit organisation. MWT trustees are experienced Maori voyagers, sailors and watermen who have been part of the Polynesian voyaging waka whanau since the 1990s. The profiles of the MWT trustees are detalied below.
The mission is to learn, preserve, and redistribute the practice, customs and traditions of waka, te reo Māori and Māori arts.
We are guided by:
- Manaakitanga. We practice reciprocity through sharing, caring for people and recognizing the unique differences that people have to offer.
- Whanaungatanga. We embrace the diverse cultural backgrounds that people come form and forge and protect the relationships we form underpinned by manaakitanga.
- Hauora. We promote and support healthy living, healthy bodies and health minds underpinned by te taha wairua.
- Tuku rua. We strive to learn and redistribute knowledge.
Haki Tuaupiki (Waikato, Ngāti Tuwharetoa)
Haki is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato in Māori language and culture. His research interests include Polynesian voyaging and navigation knowledge and Māori oral arts.
Frank Te Mihinui Kawe (Ngati Ranginui, Ngati Kahungunu)
Frank has a passion and desire to see the art of Māori and Polynesian sailing flourish once again across the Pacific. For the last 20 years, Frank has dedicated much of his time to relearning and revitalizing the traditional voyaging and sailing in Aotearoa and Hawaii. He has served as captain and crew on numerous voyages around New Zealand and across the Pacific, including the Tuia 250 Commemorations of the arrival of Māori in 2019. He was featured as the skipper in Māori Television’s Waka Warriors, a 10-episode series involving three youth who joined the crew of Haunui Waka as they circumnavigated the North Island. Between 2013-2017, he served as crew and supported the 4-year Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage around the world with the Polynesian Voyaging Society from Hawai’i. As captain of ‘Te Matau a Maui’, he and the crew completed an 18 Month from across the Pacific in 2012, sailing as far north as San Francisco. Prior to that, in 2007, he was one of two Māori voyagers who took part in the ‘Ku Holo Mau’ voyage aboard the ‘Alingano Maisu’ canoe from Hawaii to the Island of Satawal in Micronesia, the home of traditional Master Navigator Pius Mau Piailug. Frank maintains strong relationships with voyaging societies across the Pacific, including the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Na Kalai Wa’a Moku o Hawaii, and other Ohana Waa.
Nick Marr (Te Arawa, Taranaki)
Nick graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in 1997. His passions include voyaging, navigation and mau rākau. He is well known in these communities and is a valued practitioner of these arts. Nick has primarily been taught by senior canoe experts in Hawai’i, in particular from the Makali’i canoe, the late, Captain Clay Bertleman, and navigators Shorty Bertleman and Chadd Paishon. He has also been extremely fortunate to learn under the great Pius Mau Piailug of Satawal, Micronesia. Nick has undertaken significant voyages in the Pacific, including voyages on: Makali’i, Hōkūle’a, Alingano Maisu, Iosepa, Te Matau a-Māui and Okeanos. He has been a watch captain and student navigator on many of these voyaging canoes. He served as crew and supported the 4-year Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage around the world with the Polynesian Voyaging Society from Hawai’i. In May this year, he joined the crew on Okeanos, a waka motu, to sail from Aotearoa to Tahiti to join Hōkūle’a on its return home to Oahu, Hawai’i after circumnavigating the world.