3 Feb 2014

New waka aims to boost tourism

7:33 pm on 3 February 2014

A new waka aimed at boosting cultural tourism in Wellington has been named and blessed.

Wharewaka O Poneke Charitable Trust chairman Morrie Love says the new waka was also launched during the ceremony on Sunday morning, a highlight of which was Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown paddling the waka.

The trust built a third waka - made from fibreglass - to make it easier for novices, tourists and others to use, Mr Love says. It will be a central part of Waitangi Day events on Thursday.

Mr Love says the traditional waka will be kept for ceremonial occasions.