Story: Rivers

Waka, Waikato River

Waka, Waikato River

In this watercolour by Charles Emilius Gold, from about 1858, a waka is paddled along the Waikato River by its Māori crew. For Māori, rivers were major transport routes, and the waka, a large canoe constructed from a hollowed out log, was an ideal way to travel along them.

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Watercolour by Charles Emilius Gold

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David Young, 'Rivers - Māori and rivers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2020)

Story by David Young, published 24 Sep 2007