In Sir Hekenukumai Pūhipi’s (1932 – 2019) last interview, he looks back on his legacy of celestial navigation and waka building, and considers who will carry the mantle into the future.
Revered Polynesian navigator and Māori leader, Sir Hekenukumai Pūhipi (Sir Hector Busby), passed away in 2019. During his final days ‘Sir Hek’ reflects on dedicating his life to the restoration of Māori seafaring traditions, sailing the ‘pacific triangle’ – linking Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hawaii and Rapa Nui/Easter Island – and attempting to preserve and revive a knowledge that is in danger of being forgotten. He revisits the origins of those who inspired him, including the late Māori kaumatua Sir James Henare, the Hawaiian navigators from the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the late Micronesian master navigator Mau Piailug. A conversation of an extraordinary life in full te reo Māori.
Friday 25 September 2020
The Civic Theatre
3:30 PM daily
Friday 25 – Sunday 27 September