Story: Whenua – how the land was shaped

Sails of a canoe (2nd of 2)

Sails of a canoe

This 1838 painting of Poverty Bay by Joel Polack shows a traditional canoe with sails. Their distinctive triangular shape inspired the naming of Ngā Rā o Kupe (Kupe’s Sails) at Palliser Bay.

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Reference: PUBL-0115-2-120
Wood engraving by Joel Samuel Polack

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Whenua – how the land was shaped - Kupe', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 12 Jun 2006