$4.6m Windfall for Knight

Feb. 27, 2019, 6:08 p.m.

An $8.2m investment from the Provincial Growth Fund was announced for the Far North today by Minister of Tourism, Kelvin Davis.

Mr Davis said the Far North District faces a range of complex challenges including high unemployment, an underutilised labour force, and comparatively lower GDP than other districts.

“There’s a lot of work being done in Tai Tokerau to drive economic growth and help improve the lives of local people. This Government believes every New Zealander, no matter where they live, should share in a growing and prosperous economy,” Kelvin Davis said.   

Among the investments announced today was the Kupe Waka Centre, a place of learning ancient waka building and celestial navigation under the guidance of master waka builder and navigator Ta Hekenukumai Puhipi.

Ta Hekenukumai said he was overwhelmed by the successful application and was looking forward to getting the work done.

“It’s a happy occasion for me. It’s a project I’ve been working on for a long time. Now we can really finish it so future generations can come learn, teach and ensure the survival of our traditions”, said Ta Hekenukumai.

Ta Hekenukumai received his knighthood for his contribution to revitalising these ancient art forms earlier this month at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Others who received funding included:

Te Hiku Sports Hubs $3.0m

Te Mingi Barge Feasibility $257,000

ANT - Developing Projects $250,000

Te Hiku Water Solutions $99,500


Work in Te Aurere set to Start.

Tā Hekenukumai Pūhipi Kura for Navigating by Stars and Waka Building receives 4.6 million to finish his project.
3 years, 11 months

Tā Hekenukumai 4.6 million Project Funds.

Tā Hekenukumai Puhipi talks about how the money will be used and who will be overseeing the finance on how it will be spent.
3 years, 11 months

Te Toki Nui a Kupe

Chris Henare tells us about the joint kaupapa held by the three Taitokerau Kapa to celebrate master navigator Sir Hector Busby
3 years, 11 months

Tribute to Selwyn Clarke

Tā Hekenukumai Pūhipi says his final salute to Selwyn Clarke and remembers the times they worked together building bridges.
3 years, 10 months