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tradition goes tech

Architect, designer, sailor. Add lateral thinker, enthusiast, and passionate Kiwi to the mix and you have the CV of a Christchurch man who has made it his mission to put Māori waka back on the water by marrying traditional knowledge with today’s technology.

Quentin Roake’s goal is to find a way to build waka in numbers, recreating the appearance and characteristics of traditional craft in a modern version that is portable, durable, and economical to manufacture.

“The big question is, how do you translate the traditional form of canoe into modern materials? You can’t cut down a big tātara tree every time you want to make a canoe,” he says.

Quentin’s quest for a solution involved consultation with tohunga waka (canoe experts), including Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr and Sir Hekenukumaingaiwi (Hector) Busby, and led to

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