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SEA Containers and Sky City Great Waka Storage

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The team at SEA Containers was called upon by Naylor Love and the senior management of Sky City to project manage the safe transport and storage of a range of artefacts of cultural significance in order for the Atrium to be developed with the new Convention Centre being planned.

Shipping Container – Sky City Great Waka Storage

Partnering up with Shane Hegh HIAB's our task was to transport an 18 metre carved Waka to a safe and secure destination within Auckland.  Many man hours were required to plan the logistical side of this project due to the nature of it.  The Waka could only be moved after midnight, and had to be off the road by 6am due to its over dimensional measurements.

The Great Waka had to be dismantled into 3 pieces in order for it to fit through the Atrium doors.  With great care and a lot of nerves, the 3 pieces were stored in the Atrium for a few days until logistics were finalised. 

 The only way to safely manoeuvre the Waka pieces was to have special frames built on castor wheels in order to negotiate the doors, plus the Waka could be safely picked up by the HIAB without straining the carving which has significant cultural significance and is irreplaceable.

 Prior to the Waka leaving its home at Sky City, the SEA Containers team ensured proper protocol was followed with guidance and advice from Auckland iwi, Ngati Whatua. After a blessing from the iwi Kaumatua, Taiaha, the trucks departed for the storage warehouse.




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