by Karl Webber

The shallow draft Manaaki was the Webber whanau’s Kapiti Island vessel, she was used extensively to transport people, supplies and sheep between Kapiti and the Mainland.

Manaaki was designed by Hona Webber with a piece of pumice and a nelson based co was commisioned to build her, she was around 28 ft long and 8 ft wide and made of Kauri.

Manaaki would be brought up the Waikanae River and parked near the current launching ramp near Arapawaiti which was the old coach stop at Otaihanga / Waikanae River Mouth.