In the early 1930’s a man called Jerry Williams owned a small vessel, the Omokoroa.
Local people started pressuring him to take them out on fishing trips, and it soon became apparent that a purpose-built charter boat would be ideal for fishing trips and to also take over the barging work which was very necessary on the harbour in those days.
Ratahi, Tauranga’s first charter boat was built in 1938 by Jerry Williams, specifically for running line-fishing trips out of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui and providing a ferry service to Mayor Island and Motiti Island.
In 1978 the Te Kuia was commisioned and remains running the fishing and Island services to this day. She is one of the most popular charter fishing vessels in Tauranga, comfortable and solidly built of kauri, with extensive (mostly covered) seating areas, a huge back cabin, a convenient galley and a large BBQ.
She caters for individuals on public half day and full day reef fishing trips and charter groups of up to 35 people. The vessel is also set up to do overnight trips for up to 10 people with accomodation on board we specialise in overnight reef fishing around Motiti and overnight bluenose fishing around Mayor Island. Te Kuia is available for day trips to Tuhua (Mayor Island). Overnight or multiday stopovers can be arranged to Tuhua, Slipper Island and Motiti Island for around 50 to 60 people.
In harbour trips can also be arranged for fishing or sightseeing. Ratahi has recently been sold and now operates from Waiuku under Manukau Charters.