John-Reid Willison

Tonganui Scholarship Recipient 2021

John (Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa, Ngaati Kahu, Ngapuhi nui tonu) utilised his funding to build a dedicated teaching and learning waka hourua, with the added capability of being designed and equipped as a scientific research vessel.

He hopes the waka can continue to be a conduit for mātauranga Māori, is able to accommodate group-day sails, overnighters, and with redesign – potentially coastal & open water voyages.

All of which will be able to include scientific research after the rebuild. John’s mahi will also involve regular wānanga & hui as a team within Te Whare Wānanga o Kupe and under the guidance & tutelage of two tohunga.