Salthouse Boatbuilders is perched on the water's edge in an idyllic setting, on the upper reaches of Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. In recent years, Salthouse Boatbuilders has created an impressively diverse range of vessels. During 54 years in business, Salthouse Boatbuilders has gained a reputation for excellence and continues to develop a varied client base for the commercial, cruising and hugely competitive race yacht markets – here is a selection of some of our finest – we welcome your enquiries. Salthouse Boatbuilders is situated at Greenhithe in the upper reaches of the Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Our wharf and floating jetty can accommodate vessels up to 30 meters in length and is an ideal location for commissioning new boats.
Ideal for maintenance and refit work, our three slipways can haul out vessels up to 80 tonnes. Our yard consists of two main construction buildings that can cater for vessels up to 30 meters. Engineering and cabinetry is done on-site in dedicated workshops that allow tradesmen to work efficiently on detailed projects.
Our project managers cottage is a self contained office space separate from the main office for project managers to work from while their vessel is under construction.
Captain of the Uto Ni Yalo Jonathan Smith (left) with the crew's cultural adviser Manoa Rasigatale as he prepares for the traditional kava ceremony on Sunday. Four vakas will set sail from Auckland Harbour this week on a pioneering group voyage to raise awareness about key environmental issues threatening the Pacific Ocean.
Backed by German philanthropic conservationist group Okeanos Foundation for the Sea, the fleet of traditional style double-hull canoe vessels include the Uto Ni Yalo (Fijian crew), Marumaru Atua (Cook Islands crew), Te Matau a Maui (Aotearoa crew) and Hine Moana (Samoan, Vanuatu and Tongan crew).
He said overfishing, coral reef destruction, pollution, and climate change were some of the issues they are trying to raise through workshops and training. President of the Fiji Voyaging Society Colin Philp (third from left, back row) and some of the Fiji crew aboard the Uto Ni Yalo.
The vakas (traditional sailing canoes) are scheduled to arrive in Raivavae, French Polynesia on May 1, where they will be joined by the Tahitian contingent on the Faafaite.


Over a three-month period, the fleet is set to travel from New Zealand to Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and back to New Zealand, with one vaka staying behind at each stop to continue training crew in environmentally sustainable methods.
Takitumu's Queen Pa Ariki (centre) with son Sam Napa and Angelie Robinson, both members of the Cook Islands crew. According to paramount chief of Takitumu in Rarotonga, Queen Pa Ariki, the vakas were modelled after a canoe that sailed from the Cook Islands to American Samoa for the 2008 Pacific Festival of Arts.
The 22-metre vessels were built by Salthouse Boatbuilders in Auckland, following the traditional double-hulled constructions of ancient Polynesian ships. The hulls, lashed together using wooden beams and rope, also feature customary carving, colouring and insignias of each nation. The only Tongan on the Hine Moana, ‘Aunofo Havea, added that the cultural experience was “amazing”.
Havea is Tonga’s only female skipper with 15 years of boating experience, although she said her country has “missed out” in promoting awareness of traditional seafaring and the ocean environment. Meanwhile, on the Uto Ni Yalo, Captain Jonathan Smith said that daily life on his ship was also environmentally friendly.
Another crewmember, Unaisi Waqanivere (22), recently graduated with a degree in environmental science from the Fiji Institute of Technology and is one of two women on board their vessel. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) regional director Taholo Kami said the voyage called for Pacific nations to “pull together” around issues of the Pacific Ocean. IUCN, the parent group of conservationist organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF), supports the Pacific voyage in bringing awareness to its Pacific Ocean 2020 Challenge.
The Pacific 2020 Challenge project brings regional and global focus to main threats resulting from “unsustainable human activities” – including pollution, habitat destruction, overfishing and exploitation, and climate change. The aim is to put policies into place for a healthy productive Pacific Ocean by the year 2020.
On the weekend, thousands gathered at Mission Bay to watch the four vakas take part in a special regatta to promote IUCN’s Pacific Ocean 2020 Challenge. Another Pacific Voyage is planned for 2011 with, two more canoes and a more ambitious sailing route reaching the Hawai’i Islands and others in the Pacific Rim.


Josephine Latu is a postgraduate communication studies student from Tonga at AUT University’s Pacific Media Centre who is also contributing editor of Pacific Media Watch. AUT University television and journalism students contribute to special Eyes of Fire microsite. Its outwardly sleepy appearance belies a dynamic, extremely progressive company creating both yachts and powerboats for an international market.
These include the large 16.5m catamaran tender for Team Origin, that team's TP52 race yacht, the Southstar cruiser, high profile racing yachts such as Outsider, the TP52 Mean Machine and the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Boat of the Year for 2010, Tonnerre. A 30 minute boat ride past the Auckland Harbour bridge or 15 minutes by car from downtown Auckland, our yard is one of the few boatbuilding yards in New Zealand to have direct access to the water. Both buildings have full height external doors that allow boats to be fully assembled indoors thus reducing the risk of mother nature's intervention when on a tight schedule.
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With crew members hailing from a range of Pacific backgrounds, the voyage also aims to rebuild ancestral sea-faring traditions and cultural links between the islands. Traditional flax sails and modern sails are used and two of the vaka include a solar power system for auxiliary propulsion.
Sharing the boat with nine others from Samoa and five from Vanuatu, she added that teamwork is a key factor in bringing together their individual skills and knowledge to the journey. We are using all traditional technologies so we don’t pollute the marine habitats,” she said. Meet Josephine Latu from Pacific Media Watch, Violet Cho from Irrawaddy magazine, filmmaker Jim Marbrook and TVNZ Tagata Pasifika's John Utanga, director David Robie and others.



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