Nukutere – Part 1







The owners of Nukutere have asked if the WW readers can supply anymore details / history on their launch. We know that she was built by A. Sang & Sons, of Wellington in 1942 & she is 46’ in length & kauri planked.

Currently powered by twin 80hp Ford (Lees) diesels – installed in 1979 that push her along at between 9>10.5 knots. Home these days is Onahau Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound in the South Island.

She may have been used as a patrol boat in Wellington during the war.

WW understands she is 4sale – would be nice to see her head north & join the CYA cruising fleet 😉

10 thoughts on “Nukutere – Part 1

  1. Further to the note of Frank Stoks! The stern cabin extension was added by Warren Williams who purchased the vessel from us. It looked horrible!


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  3. Hi, the lovely Nukutere was built by Arthur Sang for our grandad Foster Warmington of Wellington, from 1939-41. She remained in the family until 1981. Grandad sketched up some design drawings from reading boating magazines and Arthur made up a model. (Grandad then shaved the model to make the bows finer, Arthur didn’t find out until she was partly built!). Moored mostly at Port Nicholson and then later at Seaview, and in the Sounds she was moored at Nana and Grandad’s house in Double Cove. She saw naval service as Frank mentioned, her registration was Z74. My Dad Gavin and Uncle John went on night patrols when 14 and 15 until the navy banned them due to age. Not sure what Nana thought of all this… We have a small book based on Dad’s memories of the Nukutere and her adventures, happy to share these, photos etc with the current owners and others interested. (Frank it would be good to have a look at the Devonport naval records, we do have some but may not be comprehensive)


  4. Definitely and Athol Burns design. My father owned the STA-RETA almost a replica, built by Stan Christianson in Double Cove 1948 approx. Dad owned it for 25 years and sailed the south Pacific.
    Would love to contact the owner via phone. mine is 0294 482 187


  5. I’m not sure she is Athol’s myself but who cares? She is a nice wee boat. Lot of machinery down below! There was another Arthur Sang boat in Shaffers -may still be there- had similar looks -handsome.
    Athol bought the building and slip at Balaena Bay in ’44 and worked as its resident designer with Norman Thomas until ’47 when he sold his shares in the company -Craft Construction. I think he worked from home from then on. Prior to ’44 he wasn’t working on boats on his own account. He certainly discussed designs with local designers A Adamson and William McLean (both Scots) and was learning his craft with their advice. But who knows?


  6. Nukutere was one of the NAPS vessels in Wellington – “Oriental Bay Boat Harbour”.
    On the 6th of December 1941, Cabinet gave authority for the formation of the Naval Auxiliary Patrol Service (NAPS). This involved privately owned launches of which 13 were in Wellington.
    The objectives of the NAPS launches were to protect harbours from attack by special small craft, use in emergencies including saving lives from sinking vessels, and spotting mines dropped by parachutes. NAPS was constituted under the Naval Defence Emergency Regulations 1941, and as such was deemed a part of the Royal New Zealand Navy. NAPS was affiliated to the Home Guard.
    Typical equipment supplied to NAPS launches included; Bren gun, box lamp for signalling, white Ensign, megaphone, varey lights and pistol, buoys and moorings for marking mines.
    Details re Nukutere and other NAPS can be found at National Archives [try navy file NA. 16/3/33]; Navy records Devonport Naval Museum; and McDougall R, “Naval vessels of New Zealand”. I have seen Nukutere details including pennant number, but can’t locate them at present, including Wallmington (sp?) as a previous owner as well.
    I have seen a newspaper cutting about her war service amongst her records on board when Peter Cottier had her at Seaview Marina in the mid nineties. Peter added a stern cabin extension, which was promptly removed as part of restoration by her subsequent owner, M. Seresin in Marlborough.


  7. I have a vague memory that she’s an Atholl Burns design – but it is only vague memory.
    I’m trying to remember the name of the family that owned her for many years.
    Come in Dick Hall 🙂


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