Story: Waka – canoes

Moving the logs (2nd of 3)

Moving the logs

After the tōtara or kauri trunks were felled, some ingenuity was needed to shift the massive logs. In the poipoi method, the men would drill a hole in each end of the log, insert large saplings, and then tie ropes to them. In the takawhiti method, a long pole was lashed to one side of the log and fixed with two cross-pieces at either end. The cross-pieces were tied together on the other side with rope. Two ropes were lashed to the pole and used to haul the logs.

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Reference: Elsdon Best, The Maori canoe. Wellington: Dominion Museum, 1925, p. 91
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Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, 'Waka – canoes - Waka in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2022)

Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 12 Jun 2006