$1.00 Purchase

The HMNZS Canterbury is a de-commissioned frigate which the Canterbury Trust acquired from the New Zealand Navy in a bid for $1.00 in a lovely ceremony at the Naval Base on February 2nd, 2007.

Being welcomed at the Canterbury Hand Over ceremony Ngati Kuta representatives at Canterbury Hand Over

Ngati Kuta and Patu Keha presented the  NZ Navy a gift – a hoe whakairo (carved paddle) Urupukapuka carved by Kaumatua Moka Puru.

Taonga Gifted to Naval Base

Ngati Kuta and Patu Keha own the wreck-now a reef, under Te Rawhiti Enterprises Ltd, a Limited Liability Company. Nga Hapu entered the partnership because the ship was to be sunk in our district where we are kaitiaki. We wanted to help manage the reef as our hapu have developed an innovative and efficient fishery conservation plan intended for the rohe moana which has the backing of the Ministry of Fisheries. The artificial reef, activities and management will be part of this overall plan.

NZ Navy and Governor General at Canterbury Hand Over ceremony Moka Puru signing for Patukeha hapu