Documentary Whetū Mārama – Bright Star tells the story of Sir Hekenukumai Ngaiwi Puhipi — aka 'Hek' Busby — and his significance for Māori in reigniting their wayfinding DNA. At age 50 the former bridge builder embraced waka building and traditional Māori navigation. This trailer contains snippets of interviews, waka hourua voyaging and footage of Busby and navigator Nainoa Thompson on the Aurere, a traditional, double-hulled waka which Busby built and sailed across the Pacific in 1985. Directors Toby Mills and Aileen O'Sullivan spent 15 years developing the documentary alongside Busby, who died in 2019.
If it wasn't for the waka, we wouldn't be here today.– Sir Hek Busby on the central importance of waka and star navigation to Māori