|Aurere, Doubtless Bay [June 26, 2010]|
John Thompson, of Whakatane,
helps ease a fully carved waka [ceremonial canoe] into the water for the
first time. Called Te Hono ki Aotearoa [the Link to New Zealand] the
18-man, 14-metre waka was made by 77-year-old Hec Busby, said to be New
Zealand's greatest waka builder and navigator. It is now on permanent
loan to the Volkenkunde national ethnology museum in the city of Leiden,
the Netherlands - making it the first Maori waka to be based in Europe.