Story: Waka – canoes

Double raft

Double raft

This double mōkihi (raft) was a type constructed by people of the Ngāti Porou tribe. It was made from the wood of the whau or houama tree, which was extremely buoyant. The whau was pinned together with hard wood such as mānuka, and lashed together with pirita.

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Reference: Elsdon Best, The Maori canoe. Wellington: Dominion Museum, 1925, p. 136
Drawing by E. Richardson

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Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, 'Waka – canoes - Other types of waka', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2023)

Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 12 Jun 2006