Story: Ideas of Māori origins

‘The legend of the voyage to New Zealand’

‘The legend of the voyage to New Zealand’

This romantic oil painting of 1912 shows a fleet of double-hulled, ocean-going canoes hauling ashore in New Zealand from a still lagoon. Images such as this helped to popularise the myth of a Great Fleet for decades.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Oil painting by Kennett Watkins

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How to cite this page:

K. R. Howe, 'Ideas of Māori origins - 1920s–2000: new understanding', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/1596/the-legend-of-the-voyage-to-new-zealand (accessed 20 November 2019)

Story by K. R. Howe, published 8 Feb 2005