After the waka came the waka rererangi - the aeroplane.
Many have flown our skies, but so much of our aviation history ends up overseas, flying cargo, or wrecked in a hangar.
Now, a campaign aims to bring some of our more notable planes back to NZ.
Bring Our Birds Home is a crowd-funding project, hoping to recover five of this country's most significant planes.
Architect of the campaign is Paul Brennan and he spoke to Duncan Garner.
Watch the video for the full interview.