Sir Hector Busby, New Zealand Māori navigator and traditional waka builder, Died at 86

Sir Hector Busby was born on August 1, 1932, and died on May 11, 2019.

He was otherwise known as Heke-nukumainga-iwi Puhipi and Hec Busby.

Busby was a Māori guide and customary waka developer in New Zealand.

Busby was perceived as the main figure in the recovery of the conventional Polynesian route and sea voyaging utilizing wayfinding techniques.

Busby assembled twenty-six customary waka, including the twofold hulled Te Aurere which has cruised more than 30,000 nautical miles in the Pacific including Hawaii, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Norfolk Island.

During December 2012, Te Aurere and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti (another waka worked by Busby) came to Rapa Nui after a 5000-nautical-mile, four-month voyage from New Zealand.

The two waka then made the arrival adventure to New Zealand, arriving at Aurere Beach in Doubtless Bay in May 2013.

He was of blended Pākehā and Māori legacy.

Busby was from the Māori clans of Te Rarawa and Ngāti Kahu.

in 1990, he received the New Zealand Commemoration Medal.

Sir Hector Busby passed away at 86 years old.