Mystery Motueka Launch – Awarere

MYSTERY MOTUEKA LAUNCH – Awarere

This ones going to be a long shot – the photo above of a newly built launch being transported to Port Motueka comes to us from the Transport (Nelson) Holdings fb site via Brian Mchaffe via Maurice Sharp.

Brian commented that it was from back in the days when the job just got done i.e. no pilot vehicle, no flags. No flashing lights and certainly no cones or a certified trailer.

So woodys anyone able to put a name to the launch and its builder?

UPDATE ex JOHN BURLAND – the boats named Awatere and was built by Keith Calder. Photo below of the launching – the photo comes to us from the Motueka Historical Association via Colin Starnes via Brian McHaffie.

UPDATE EX COLIN STARNES – Awarere built by Keith Calder to his own design. Launched early 1960s originally powered by a Perkins which was swapped out for a 4 cylinder Ford not long after launching. Awarere last noted on Picton Waikawa area. Keith was brother of Don whose launch Graham John recently featured on WW after her fine makeover in Napier – link here https://waitematawoodys.com/2022/11/10/william-steer-graham-john-william-steer/

WEATHER NOT LOOKING GOOD FOR THE MAHURANGI REGATTA

Below as of last night – I understand MCC will be making a decision tonight (Thursday). Dockside chat is that the shore based activities have already been cancelled – TBC

UPDATE 26-01-2023 9.30AM

7 thoughts on “Mystery Motueka Launch – Awarere

  1. Agree with Murray re Waitangi weekend for Mahu if possible.Long term weather specs are much better too.

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  2. Yep Awarere built by Keith Calder to his own design. Launched early 1960s originally powered by a Perkins which was swapped out for a 4 cylinder Ford not long after launching. Awarere last noted on Picton Waikawa area. Keith was brother of Don whose launch Graham John recently featured on WW after her fine makeover in Napier

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  3. Yes I agree Keith calderas boat travelling along trewavas st 1950 s he built her behind his house in old wharf road

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  4. Surely next weekend would work this year for Mahurangi! With the bonus that no yachts and launches would have to rush back for Regatta day. But are the committee that adaptable??

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  5. From the comments in the post by the author of the post, the boat is the Awarere built by Keith Calder.

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