Story: Waka – canoes

Pacific migration

Pacific migration

The vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean was explored and settled by sailing large double-hulled canoes from island to island. The ancestors of Māori are likely to have sailed from East Polynesia in these craft.

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Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, 'Waka – canoes - Pacific origins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/5994/pacific-migration (accessed 20 August 2017)

Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 12 Jun 2006