February 28, 2019
Aurere dream closer for Busby
Tohunga waka Sir Hekenukumai Busby hopes he can still make another ocean voyage once his new school is built.
The Provincial grown Fund has earmarked $4.6 million to complete the Kupu Waka Centre at Aurere on the southern shore of Doubtless Bay, which will become a centre for teaching the art and science of making waka and sailing them by the stars.
The retired civil engineering contractor says some of the money will be earmarked for sealing the 2 kilometres of road into the school.
He says the number of tauira is limited by the number that can sail on a waka, and he course will probably include a trip to Norfolk Island, which is about four days sailing away.
"The only thing that brasses me off a bit now is I'm 86 years old but I am still going to go on that first sail to Norfolk Island, cross my fingers anyhow," Sir Hec says.
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