Story: Transport – overview



Single-hulled waka (canoes) were developed by Māori to transport loads along New Zealand’s narrow waterways. The craft were usually propelled by a crew of paddlers, and were sometimes fitted with sails. This lithograph of Auckland Harbour in 1853 shows both types of waka, alongside European sailing ships and smaller craft.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-004-005
Lithograph by Patrick Joseph Hogan

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James Watson, 'Transport – overview - Before motor transport', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 October 2021)

Story by James Watson, published 11 Mar 2010