Te Kaihōpara research vessel

Take a look at the photos from the launch of Te Kaihōpara at the New Zealand Maritime Museum in Auckland.

We still have so much to learn about how we can live better with our marine ecosystems. Our new research vessel, Te Kaihōpara (The Explorer) will be a vital step in supporting this exploration.

She will continue research started from our previous research vessel, Hawere. Te Kaihōpara will also have more capacity to sample the seafloor, deploy increasingly sophisticated equipment and analytical instruments, and carry more students and passengers for training and to experience our marine environment.

Te Kaihōpara’s name was generously gifted to us by Mook Hohneck – Chair of the Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust. Te Kaihōpara will spend much of her life working in Ngāti Manuhiri’s rohe moana.