Te Toki Waka Hourua

Founded on the values of aroha, whānaungatanga, manaakitanga, and kaitiakitanga.


Our Kaupapa

Te Toki Voyaging Trust was established over 30 years ago through the vision and leadership of waka expert, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr. Since its inception, the Trust has built up one of the most successful and internationally recognised waka ama clubs, a training fleet of small sailing canoes, and owns and operates three Waka Hourua (double-hulled voyaging canoes) Pūmaiterangi, Haunui, and Aotearoa One.

Te Toki Voyaging Trust has developed from strength to strength based on the foundational values of aroha, whānaungatanga, manaakitanga and kaitiakitanga.

These values are the foundation on which we base our core practices .


Traditional ocean navigation

The waka acts as a portal to a navigator’s world-view whose primary role is the stewardship of this planet and its inhabitants. Te Toki aims to provide lifelong learning opportunities on the waka such as navigation, astronomy, marine and environmental science, traditional seafaring technology and innovation.

Creating opportunities for young people to realise the value and sophistication of traditional knowledge and practices.



Te Toki Voyaging Trust fosters a culture of mentorship. Upon learning how to do something from your teacher, it is then your role to help to teach others. This cultivates young people to stand up and take the lead.

Using waka as a vehicle for youth-development, designing and delivering high-level educational-programmes targeting our young people, creating strong, capable independent learners and leaders.

We continue to deliver increasingly high-level programmes and opportunities throughout Aotearoa and the Pacific. Te Toki Waka Hourua has a rapidly growing crew base and hard-working management team, dedicated to carrying the work of Te Toki Voyaging Trust forward into an even brighter future.



Te Toki is tightly connected to an international network of voyaging societies and their respective waka hourua throughout the Pacific, constantly keeping these age-old relationships alive, and bringing the best of those experiences and knowledge back to our communities in Aotearoa for the benefit of our young people.

In the same way that the oceans connect us as people, Te Toki Voyaging Trust celebrates cultural diversity and is crewed by people from all around the world. We say ‘the waka chooses you’, the right people show up at the right time. When our leader, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr won the Te Tohu Toi Kē : Making a Difference Award from Creative New Zealand, he was asked what defined a great crew member. Contrary to expectations that it would be about the physical strength of the sailors, his answer was about having a big heart, compassion and a strong work ethic. He explained to us that it's a lot easier to ask someone to get fit in one year, than it is to tell someone to ‘go and get a bigger heart’.

We operate on the basis that all crew must look after the waka / kaupapa first, each other second, and themselves third. This is the only way to ensure that everyone is well looked after and the waka remains safe at all times.


Creating strong, capable independent learners and leaders.

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