Ownership of Hikitia was transferred to the Maritime heritage Trust of Wellington on 16 March 2006. The Trust’s objectives are to promote maritime heritage in the Wellington region. Trustees include Nigel Gould, Chairman, Bill Bay, Peter McKnight, Alfie des Tomb and Malcolm McGregor.
Hikitia was launched in Glasgow, Scotland in 1926 and arrived in Wellington on 21 December 1926. The ship is now unique as it is the last working example of its kind. It is a steam powered self-propelled heavy lift floating crane. All machinery functions and the objective is to get the ship back into full survey including the ability to be self- propelled and to lift its design weight of 80tonne.