Top: 33 Nga Toki 1974, Hec amidships, Walter front right. Bottom left: whaikorero at Kerikeri stone house. Bottom right: With Dan Whiu, carving canoe house.
Hekenukumai Busby, known as Hec, is a master waka carver, a Maori leader and an authority on Polynesian and Maori celestial navigation. He’s crafted more than 30 waka, and was awarded an MBE in recognition of his role in the revival of ocean voyaging and navigation using traditional Polynesian double hull canoes.
From humble beginnings in the Far North, Hec was inspired to build waka after a childhood visit to Waitangi.
Now 82, he’s the subject of a new book by Jeff Evans, called Heke-nuku-mai-nga-iwi Busby: Not Here by Chance.
Hek Busby talks to Kathryn Ryan about his life and work.
Traditional navigation - Hec Busby
New Zealand's first centre for traditional navigation training is $500,000 away from being completed. Hekenukumai Busby is a Northland master waka carver and expert in traditional celestial navigation. March 2015.
Hekenukumai Busby and the Star Compass
Maraea Rakuraku visits the home of Master Navigator and Waka Builder, Hekenukumai Busby and experiences the purpose built star compass. June 2014.
Hekenukumai Busby: Navigating from Ahipara to Awanui
Maraea Rakuraku takes a roadtrip with Hekenukumai Busby from his marae in Ahipara to his home in Awanui where they talk bridges of the metaphorical and physical kind. March 2014.
Hekenukumai Busby and Jack Thatcher
As recipients at this year's Te Waka Toi awards in Wellington, Hekenukumai and Jack reflect on their relationship that began some twenty years ago, and the busy year they've both had.October 2013.
Hector Busby: waka builder
Hekenukumai (Hec) Busby, MBE, is a master waka carver and master navigator who has carved 26 waka and passed on his knowledge to keen sailors the world over. February 2010.