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Maraeroa Marae After the hulls were shifted to Porirua the project caught the attention of master navigator and waka builder Francis Cowan who proposed the waka to be shipped to Tahiti and sail to Aotearoa. Tahiti Papara After the hulls were shifted to Tahiti, the ancient grounds of Papara were chosen as the build site, the area where the famed Tainui waka was created. It took seven months for Francis and Matahi to create over wooden nails, lash and bind the canoe with tauranape coconut sennit rope from Rurutu.
The masts were made of bamboo which supported sails woven from Fara, pandanus leaves. Despite a dismasting in a storm and damage to the sails, the waka survived the first part of the journey to Rarotonga.
With no escort support accept a radio with a 30km range, Hawaikinui set sail for Aotearoa. Aotearoa Against all odds the crew arrived off the Gisborne coast on December Hawaikinui then set north to Tamaki Makaurau, stopping in Whakatane before arriving for its official landing in Okahu Bay January where it was welcomed by Ngati Whatua and the greater Pacific Community.
Hawaikinui was shipped back to Tahiti after the journey, but its legacy remained in New Zealand, sowing the seeds of Waka culture and revival in Aotearoa. After Hawaikinui - To begin the revival of waka cultuture Sir Bob Harvey, Alex Hawke of Ngati Whatua and Matahi Brightwell promoted the building of waka taua and waka ama to conincide with the commonwealth games and the th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
The collaboration became the catalyst of waka taua and waka ama resurgance and is responsible for its vast presence in Aotearoa today.