Story: Canoe traditions

The Kurahaupō canoe

The photograph shows a replica of the Kurahaupō canoe. The tribes of Muaūpoko and Rangitāne share the belief that Whātonga was the captain of the canoe. In the song Darren Reid of Muaūpoko tells of the voyage of the canoe and the quest of Whātonga to find his grandfather, the explorer Toitehuatahi.

Sound file from private collection, Darren Reid

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1991/0099/19
Photograph by Phil Reid

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe traditions - Canoes of the west coast and lower North Island', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/music/2367/the-kurahaupo-canoe (accessed 24 April 2019)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005