4 Feb 2019

Carver Hekenukumai Puhipi Busby knighted at Waitangi

From Morning Report, 8:54 am on 4 February 2019

World-renowned carver and celestial navigator Hekenukumai Puhipi Busby - or Uncle Hek as he is affectionately known to thousands of waka paddlers - will be knighted at Waitangi. He's being honoured in front of hundreds of people from around Aotearoa and from as far away as Hawaii and the Netherlands. Amongst the kaihoe who are gathering for today's investiture, there is a deep appreciation of what he has achieved. Joe Conrad, from Te Aupouri, is the captain of Ngaatoki-mata-whaorua, the world's largest waka taua which is housed at Waitangi.