The Discovery of the Waka
The discovery of the large Ōpepe waka concerned Trevor Hoskings (QSM) because the area around Ōpepe was about to be broken in for farmland, and the large waka was in danger of being crushed by heavy machinery.
It was located near Ranginui, an old occupation site, and was reported to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) and the relevant land owners. All parties agreed to have the waka relocated to the AC Reserve in Taupō and the costs were covered by the NZHPT and the wider community.
In October 1967 the waka was transported safely by Don McLeod to Taupō and it was cradled on the AC Reserve near the Tapuaeharuru Redoubt.
In December 2005, over 40 years later, Trevor watched as the waka was moved a short distance using a crane and truck to carry it to its new home at the Taupō Museum.
Whā tekau tau e takoto ana te waka i runga i te A.C Reserve. Karawhiua kinotia ai e ngā hau rau o Taupō moana. I te whakaaetanga o Dean Whiting (Conservator) i ngoikore rawa te waka i ngā āhuatanga o Tāwhirimātea, ka rapu whare anō hei whakaruruhau mōna.
I hangā tētahi whare iti i te tau 2004, ā, i te tau 2005 i raro i te maru o te Ariki Tumu Te Heuheu, i hikina ake te waka, i kawea ki te whare taonga.
Nō te tekau mā tahi o ngā haora o tērā ata, i whakataungia te waka ki tōna takotoranga hou. Nā te Apotoro Rēhita, a Mataara Wall te whakamoemiti i kawe.