Story: Canoe traditions

Tainui hauling chant

This karakia was allegedly chanted by the crew of the Tainui as they pulled their canoe across the 200-metre portage separating the Tāmaki River from the Manukau Harbour. The portage was a major route linking the east and west coasts. Today, as the photo of the west end of the portage shows, the area is used for very different forms of transport. The sound recording is of a performance by members of the Te Whānau-ā-Apanui tribe led by Rāpata Kīngi in 1943.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Waiata mōteatea/Reference number DAT 347).

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe traditions - Other northern canoes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005