Hector Busby

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Hector Busby, ONZM MBE (born 1 August 1932) (also known as Heke-nuku-mai-nga-iwi Puhipi), is a Māori navigator and traditional ship (waka) builder in New Zealand. He is recognised as a leading figure in the revival of traditional Polynesian navigation and ocean voyaging using wayfinding techniques.[1][2]

He has built 26 traditional waka,[3] including the double-hulled Te Aurere which has sailed over 30,000 nautical miles in the Pacific including Hawai'i, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Norfolk Island.[4] In December 2012, Te Aurere and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti (another waka built by Busby) reached Rapa Nui after a 5000-nautical-mile, four-month voyage from New Zealand.[5] The two waka then made the return journey to New Zealand, landing at Aurere Beach in Doubtless Bay in May 2013.[6]

Busby is of mixed Pākehā and Māori heritage. He is from the Māori tribes of Te Rarawa and Ngāti Kahu.

Honours[edit]

Busby received the New Zealand Commemoration Medal in 1990. In the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to the Māori people.[7] In the 2014 New Year Honours, Busby was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile: Hekenukumai (Hector) Busby". Toi Māori Aotearoa. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Waka Tapu Canoes". NZMACI & Taitokerau Tarai Waka. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Hector Busby:waka builder". Radio New Zealand interview. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Hekenukumai Busby". Te Ara, The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Waka end four-month voyage on Easter Island coast". The New Zealand Herald (APN News & Media). 5 December 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Waka welcomed home from epic journey". www.stuff.co.nz. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  7. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 53697, 10 June 1994. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  8. ^ Cabinet Office, Honours Unit. "New Year Honours List 2014". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 30 December 2013.