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Senior Crew

 

Deon Wong, Maritime NZ SRL Captain

Ngāti Kahungunu

Deon has been a member of the Te Matau crew for over two years and has been involved in recent waka voyages to Austrailia and Rarotonga as well as many coastal voyages, Deon is currently training as a Skipper of the waka.

Corey Solomon

Ngāti Kahungunu

Corey has been a member of the Te Matau crew for over three years and has been involved in recent waka voyages to Austrailia and Chatham Islands as well as many coastal voyages, Corey is currently training as a Skipper of the waka.

Te Kaha Hawaikirangi

Ngāti Kahungunu

TK has been a member of the Te Matau crew for over two years and has been involved in recent waka voyages to Austrailia, Rarotonga and the Chatham Islands as well as many coastal voyages, TK is currently training as a Navigator and Skipper of the waka.

Pounamu Tipiwai-Chambers

Pounamu goes to Karamu High School and has been a member of the Te Matau crew for over two years and has been involved in recent waka voyages to Rarotonga  as well as many coastal voyages, Pounamu is currently training as a Skipper of the waka and is our youngest to do so.

Piripi Smith – Maritime NZ SRL Captain, Traditional Navigator

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou
Piripi has been involved with kaupapa waka since 2006 and has mainly crewed on the waka Te Aurere. He has been a student in the art of traditional navigation under the tutelage of Jack Thatcher and Hekenukumai Busby. He has voyaged to a number of islands throughout the Pacific, including to Hawai'i and Rapanui (Easter Island).  In 2012 he successfully navigated the two waka Te Aurere and Ngahiraka-mai-Tawhiti from Aotearoa to Rapanui.

Reuben Raihānia Tipoki - Captain

Ngāti Kahungunu
Raihānia is an experienced educator who has developed and delivered programmes for Victoria University and the Enviroschools Foundation.  Rai is also an experienced voyager, having trained crew and completing thousands of nautical miles as a watch captain. A highlight in Rai's voyaging career was being the captain during an epic 7-month voyage through Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia.

Rai's passion for voyaging and education, and his vision for waka hourua as a vehicle for Māori development spurred him to move to Ahuriri (Napier) when Te Matau a Māui returned in 2012.

Rangitane Taurima - Trainee Captain

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Whāwhākia ngā iwi
Ko Tangoio, Tuahuru, Te Kauri ngā marae
Rangitane is a senior crew member who, manages waka maintenance and helps out with education sessions. Rangitane's waka journey started as a kaihoe on the waka tangata, Kahukura. He then started voyaging in 2010 on Tavaru, the first meeting of Pacific Voyagers, and has been hooked ever since. During Tavaru he sailed to Raivavae, Raiatea, Tahiti, Rarotonga, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. Rangitane took part in the 2012 Mana o te Moana voyage, sailing from Hawai'i to San Francisco. His experience as a watch captain is growing through sailing within New Zealand waters and he aims to study to gain his captaincy ticket. Rangitane is supported in his waka way of life by his partner, Hayley, daughter Rehutai and has a pēpi on the way.