Awanuia fu­elled up

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

A 3900-tonne fuel tanker seems an un­likely can­di­date for a god­mother, but the re­cently named Awanuia got well wishes from a spe­cial lady.

Moana Ta­maariki-Pohe broke the tra­di­tional bot­tle of bub­bles on the boat’s hull at the nam­ing cer­e­mony early this month at the port of Auck­land.

A Ngati Whatua o Orakei rep­re­sen­ta­tive, she was put for­ward to be the ship’s god­mother af­ter Ports of Auck­land ap­proached the iwi looking for some­one to fill the po­si­tion.

“For me, it’s about wish­ing it well,” she says.

The iwi blessed the ship in ad­vance of the cer­e­mony which Ms Ta­maarik­iPohe says was the most im­por­tant part. She got a tour of the tanker and her nine-year-old son was ex­cited to be first on board the ves­sel.

The wa­ter­sports en­thu­si­ast is the pres­i­dent of Orakei Wa­ter Sports, a mem­ber of the Auck­land City Coun­cil CBD Board, a trus­tee of the Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board, co-founder of the Orakei Wa­ter Sports So­ci­ety and co-founder of Kaiti­aki En- ter­prises, pro­vid­ing cul­tural and his­toric tours by waka on the Waitem­ata Har­bour.

The ship, brought to Auck­land by Sea­fu­els, a joint ven­ture com­pany be­tween Ports of Auck­land and Pa­cific Basin Ship­ping, is named af­ter the shell Awanuia por­cel­lana found north of Auck­land.

It was built in Turkey and sailed back to New Zealand by cap­tain John Skrine and his crew.

Awanuia will pro­vide a new re­fu­elling ser­vice for cruise ships and com­mer­cial ves­sels call­ing at the port of Auck­land.

Sea­fu­els chair­man Jens Mad­sen says re­fu­elling is es­sen­tial for many vis­it­ing ships and will ben­e­fit the Auck­land econ­omy.

“Of­fer­ing re­fu­elling ser­vices in Auck­land is vi­tal to re­tain­ing and grow­ing the num­bers of calls from in­ter­na­tional cargo and cruise ships.”

Mr Mad­sen says most cruise ships only car­ried two weeks’ worth of fuel, so the abil­ity to of­fer re­fu­elling ser­vices in Auck­land is es­sen­tial.

The Sea­fu­els tanker re­places the sin­gle-hulled Tolema barge, which will be re­tired.

Well wishes: Moana Ta­maariki-Pohe smashes cham­pagne on the Awanuia’s hull in its nam­ing cer­e­mony.

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