In the above photo of Lake Te Anau South Island, the launch has been tagged by Lew Redwood as being named Takitimu but with my eyes I think it is spelt Takitumu. So the first question today woodys is – does anyone know the correct spelling and second Q – what became of her?

Interesting day today on the Americas Cup scene – forecast is for some decent wind, so I predict the English will clean up against the Italians and secure a finals spot in the PRADA CUP. And will the Americans get their boat back together and then be competitive in the semi finals. If they do, I’ll be stretching the 4G network next weekend at the Mahurangi Regatta to get coverage 🙂

5 thoughts on “Takitimu

  1. TAKITUMU is a dialectical variant of TAKITIMU, the form used in Maori for the canoe that brought settlers to the east coast of Te ika a Maui.The form TAKITUMU is still current in Rarotonga from where the canoe probably originated.During thelate1890s and onwards there was considerable interchange between the people of the east coast, Ngati Kahungunu, and those of Rarotonga by “tere parties” who visited one another in large numbers. This made the Ngati Kahungunu aware of the canoe’s ancient name of TAKITUMU.
    Gisborne Harbour Board had a launch TAKITUMU in the the 1940s and Bluff Harbour Board had another, probably the same boat. There’s a strong possibility she went to Te Anau. More research, not on a Monday morning, is required, but there are some scraps for others to follow.

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  2. Hi

    I saw a picture on your site of Red Funnel’s Ramona at Resolution Bay. Would have been around 1965-66. My father Bruce Irwin is standing on the jetty, I think Gary Kenny was skipper.


    Murray Irwin

    Sent from my iPhone



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