Connecting Pacific peoples through voyaging

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Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr

Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr is Haunui Kaihautu, our leader. Hoturoa is from Tainui and is the son of Wharetoroa and Ngarungatapu Kerr. He is married to Kim and has five children – Namaka, Turanga, Rangiiria, Noenoe and Hinemanu. Hoturoa has been sailing for about 35 years around the Pacific. He paddles waka, sails waka, teaches waka. Life for Hoturoa is one big waka.

"I want to show a commitment to the oceans in helping to sustain them and get the message out to the people.

"I want to gain the knowledge and insight of the science of our ancestors because they knew how to live as part of the environment."

Haunui sails with the mission of revitalising waka culture and knowledge within the Pacific; protecting the environment, promoting awareness of the oceans, pollution and climate change.

Haunui is part of a conversation, a korero about reviving those traditions of our Pacific ancestors.

Commemorating Tainui kaumatua Hone Haunui, Kaihautu Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr chose to honour him for years his support and sage guidance when it came to waka. He was a man respected and recognised for his matauranga and in his lifetime launched many waka. Hone Haunui was also involved in Te Mana o te Moana as he was the kaumatua who performed the launching karakia and ceremonies for Hinemoana, one of the waka in the family of canoes that will be travelling the Pacific. Sadly Hone passed away in December 2010. 

The hulls of the waka are also named Pikikōtuku (The ascending white heron) for the female port hull. The male starboard hull is named Wharetoroa (House of the albatross). The steering hoe has been given the name Te Whare Hukahuka o Tangaroa (The foaming house of Tangaroa the sea god).

The Haunui waka is for all iwi and owned by all nations.

Pacific Navigation and voyaging requires imagination and determination to traverse the stories that have been locked in our physical memories, DNA stored. To remember is to laugh, to cry, to celebrate and to mourn. To remember is to sense the mana of our seafaring ancestors, whose feats of bravery were underpinned by their knowledge and skill.

We have come to know again the sea, the sky, the wind, the karakia,  and the stars. But to have only these as portents and guides renders most of us modern descendants mute.

Waka journeyed from the corridors of Satawal and Guam to Fiji, Samoa, Tonga up to Hawaii, across to Rapanui and finally down to Aotearoa. Toia mai! Te waka!

Left with this legacy, we reach out to grasp fading threads of conversation and reflections of the way we used to be.

Haunui Waka

How you can help Haunui

The contract to buy Haunui has been signed. Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr signed on behalf of Te Toki Voyaging Trust to buy Haunui. Cost: $NZD575,000.

We will be starting a fundraising drive to pay Haunui  off.


$500-plus Club
There will be a $500-Plus club for those of the Haunui family and friends who are able to give $500 or more to save Haunui. 500-Plus donors will get a Haunui tshirt and a special certificate acknowledging their membership of the 500 Plus Club. However any donations whatever size will be much appreciated. Details on where to deposit money will be up soon on this website.

Spread the word to all our friends and family please. Arohanui - Te Toki and Haunui

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