Story: Hawaiki



This imaginative reconstruction of the Māori homeland, Hawaiki, was drawn by artist Wilhelm Dittmer and published in his book Te tohunga: the ancient legends and traditions of the Maori in 1907. It depicts the island of Hawaiki, with a host of inhabitants preparing to embark in the canoes that will take them in search of new lands.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0088-095
Photolithograph of ink drawing by Wilhelm Dittmer

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Hawaiki - Home of the gods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 September 2023)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Apr 2015