A Taniwha in the Library

Taniwha, the University of Auckland’s human-powered submarine

Taniwha, the University of Auckland’s human-powered submarine

The University of Auckland’s very own human-powered submarine, Taniwha, is currently on display in the Engineering Library. Taniwha is a water filled submarine, pedalled by a pilot who breathes air on scuba. The Taniwha team consists of staff and students from the Faculty of Engineering and beyond.

Taniwha has just returned from the European International Submarine Race (eISR) in Gosport, England, where it won not only the overall trophy, but also the trophies for most reliable sub and best non-propeller powered sub. Taniwha, with its fish-inspired tail and robust biomimetic propulsion system, was so fast that it nearly broke the world record as reported by eISR.

See the Project Taniwha website for more information including how to get involved or check out their Facebook page.

Taniwha will be on display at the Engineering Library until mid-October.