17 Jun 2013

Wellington iwi wants own waka

7:30 pm on 17 June 2013

Wellington iwi say the presence of the double hulled waka, Te Matau a Maui, in the harbour has prompted talks about the capital getting its own voyaging canoe.

The Ngati Kahungunu waka sailed to the capital city to mark the beginning of the Matariki, or Maori new year celebrations, the weekend before last.

The waka is waiting for the weather to clear before it heads back to Napier, which could be a week away.

The Wellington Tenths Trust, which represents Te Atiawa Taranaki Whanui ki te Upoko o te Ika, says it is great to see the waka in the harbour.

Chairperson Morrie Love says Wellington's harbour is ideal for sailing waka, and the locals have really enjoyed taking trips on Te Matau a Maui.

He says it worked really well and there will be quite a drive to get one in the capital city.

Mr Love says it would be a major investment in terms of finance and getting a skilled crew.